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Candidates from Portuguese community for Macron’s party voted through

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 15-06-2017 12:43:00 · 0 Comments

Dominique da Silva, Ludovic Mendes, Otília Ferreira and Paulo da Silva Moreira, members of France’s large Portuguese community who stood in legislative elections for President Emmanuel Macron’s new party, were on Sunday among candidates voted through to the second round of voting next weekend.

Da Silva, who stood in a constituency of Val d’Oise, in the Paris region, told Lusa News Agency that candidates for La Repúblique en Marche! really do feel part of “a revolution in French politics”. He described Sunday’s result - which points to a majority in parliament for the new party - as “something historic”.
“This wave is the confidence that the French people gave Emmanuel Macron, who managed something extraordinary,” the 49-year-old businessman said. With roots in Barcelos and Póvoa de Varzim, in northern Portugal, he joined the En Marche! movement on its creation in April 2016. “It’s something that’s never been seen in French political history. Other parties’ voters abstained because they want to give him legitimacy.
“It’s a veritable revolution in French politics,” the candidate enthused. “And I, the son of Portuguese emigrants, form part of that revolution.”

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Edition 1437
19 August 2017
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