French Justice Minister Rachida Dati, a single mother and the first senior cabinet member of North African origin, is to quit President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, her party confirmed Friday. Dati will stand in June's European parliamentary election and will step down if successful, officials in Sarkozy's office told a AFP, just three weeks after the president's protegee gave birth to a daughter. Since she will be the second candidate on the right-wing ruling UMP's list for the Paris region, there is no doubt she will win a seat, and Sarkozy has made it clear cabinet members have no time to also serve as Euro MPs. The minister remained tight-lipped about her future, but the daily Le Figaro reported that the 43-year-old was "resigned" to leaving in exchange for Sarkozy's support in building a career in electoral politics.