Of the new municipal executives elected on Sunday in France, there are a hundred and a half Portuguese or French people of Portuguese origin in the Paris region, from mayors to the opposition.
“There are more mayors [de origem portuguesa] elected than in 2014 and half were re-elected. The other half are new faces in politics ”and“ there are, of course, those who lost ”, says Paulo Marques, re-elected mayor of Portuguese origin and also president of Civica, an association that groups elected representatives of Portuguese origin in France.
In some cities, like Champigny-sur-Marne, there are four or five new elected officials of Portuguese origin, “he told the Lusa agency.
With a difficult accounting, since France has more than 35 thousand municipalities, Civica will now start the identification and establish contact with all elected representatives of Portuguese origin.
According to this association, only in the region called the metropolis of Paris, which comprises the capital and three adjacent regions, there are 148 elected representatives of Portuguese origin and each time in more prominent places.
“There are more vice-presidents in the Chambers, more municipal councilors with delegations and councilors with interesting responsibilities. In 2008, the mayors of Portuguese origin who had delegations were rare, now they already have, that is, they have more responsibilities in the executive”, he guaranteed Paulo Marques.
For example, the new Mayor of Dourdan, in Essone, is Paolo de Carvalho. Still in the same region, Julien Garcia also conquered the city of Etréchy. An “obvious” evolution for Paulo Marques.
Each will be more, “it’s obvious”
“This generation, now in its 40s, was born here in France. And, obviously, they are inserted in French society. It is obvious that each time we will have more mayors of the new generations and this is a good sign, because it will allow us to work with the objective of training and information “, defends the mayor of Aulnay-sous-Bois.
Civica’s counting should be closed before the “rentrée”, in September, when the association will celebrate its 20th anniversary by launching a comic about the difference and holding its congress on 7 November .