Five Portuguese will be honoured this Friday with the Order of Merit of the Portuguese Republic due to their work by the Portuguese community in France, which marks also the first year of the ambassador Jorge Torres Pereira in the French capital.
From the construction sector to the academy, the Portuguese embassy in France will award this Friday five Portuguese people who for their activity and civic intervention have gained prominence in the community. The recipients are Ana Paixão, José Costa Esteves, Mapril Baptista, Fernando Lopes and Jorge Mendes Constante.
Ana Paixão is a Portuguese language and culture scientist at Camões – Institute of Cooperation and Language at the University of Paris 8 and since 2010 she has been the director of Casa de Portugal in the International University City of Paris. José Manuel Esteves is professor responsible for the chair Lindley Cintra of the Camões Institute in the Department of Lusophone Studies of the University Paris Nanterre.
From the business world, also two Portuguese will be distinguished. Mapril Batista is an entrepreneur in the Paris region of the ambulance sector, having already offered several vehicles to Portuguese cities. Already Fernando Lopes is a construction tradesman, still owning Radio Alfa – one of the main Portuguese media in France.
The only one awarded outside the Paris region is Jorge Mendes Constante, a lawyer from the region of Marseille. His office became a point of reference for the Portuguese community and for Portuguese companies. He was also a founding member of the “Luso-Forum des Affaires” Association in Marseilles and administrator of the regional delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Franco- Portuguese (CCIFP).
The ceremony will also be a way to mark the first year of Ambassador Jorge Torres Pereira, with the presence of several Portuguese associations active in the region of Paris.