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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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