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June 29, 2012 2:36 pm

Female Jewish Director Runs for Congress in Senegal

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A French-born, white Jewish woman is running for parliament in Senegal. A film director and a writer, Laurence Gavron has lived in the African country for a decade.

“I’m a Senegalese of French origin, ‘a product of diversity,’ as they say in France,” said Gavron, 57, according to AFP. “If all the people who have said they will vote for me really do vote for me, then I shall certainly be elected,” she added.

If she wins, Gavron would be only the second white member in the history of Senegal’s parliament. The first, Jean-Baptiste Collin, was elected in 1961.

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