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Cécilia Attias has dedicated her life to service as a mother, a wife, a committed public servant, an activist and an ardent supporter of women's rights. After studying law at L'University Assas, Cécilia began her political career serving the French public as a parliamentary assistant. From 1989 to 2002, she served in Neuilly's city hall and at the Assemblee Nationale. In 2002 she moved to the office of the Minister of the Interior, where she became deeply involved in women's rights and issues of domestic violence, immigration, assimilation and crimes against children. In 2005 she served as an Advisor for the Minister of State, Minister of Economy, Finance & Industry and in 2005 as Chief of Staff for the Chairman of the UMP Party. Cécilia's experience working with women and children in France strengthened her resolve to use her influence and status to make a difference. In 2007 Cécilia Attias became First Lady of France, where she continued to champion the rights of those in need. During 2007 she demonstrated her fortitude and determination by successfully negotiating with General Muammar Ghadaffi for the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned on Libya's death row. Today, Cécilia serves as President and Founder of the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women. She uses her experience in politics, relationship with global businesses, and knowledge of the communications industry to promote and support the valuable work done by NGOs and social entrepreneurs around the world.