Belgium’s first female PM is married to an Australian

October 30, 2019 by JNS
Read on for article

Belgium’s first female prime minister, Sophie Wilmès, is Jewish.

Sophie Wilmès. Credit: Damien Caumiant via Wikimedia Commons.

On Sunday, she replaced Charles Michel and will lead an interim government until a coalition is formed. Michel left for a European Union position after his cabinet broke up last year. Both belong to the centre-left MR Party.

Wilmès’s mother is an Ashkenazic Jew who lost several relatives in the Holocaust.

The 44-year-old holds a degree in applied communication and a degree in financial management and previously worked as an economic and financial adviser in a law firm.

Wilmès is married to an Australian named Christopher Stone, and they have four children: Jonathan, Victoria, Charlotte and Elizabeth.

The Jewish population of Belgium numbers about 35,000.

In recent years, the country has seen an increase in anti-Semitism and even physical attacks on Jews.

Nevertheless, the city of Aalst has continued to depict anti-Semitic caricatures of Jews and fostered old tropes in the forms of floats at its annual carnival.



One Response to “Belgium’s first female PM is married to an Australian”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    Nice to know she is Jewish, but is she Jewish minded and does she support Israel and are her children being raised as Jews?

Speak Your Mind

Comments received without a full name will not be considered
Email addresses are NEVER published! All comments are moderated. J-Wire will publish considered comments by people who provide a real name and email address. Comments that are abusive, rude, defamatory or which contain offensive language will not be published

Got something to say about this?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.