Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa met TAP’s executive president, Christine Ourmières-Widener, and other members of the company’s management on a terrace, and wished them “good luck”, warning them that “the Portuguese have a lot of money invested” in company.
It was at the end of the meeting of the Council of State, in the Cidadela de Cascais, in the district of Lisbon, that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa met Christine Ourmières-Widener on a terrace and the two exchanged a few words, in French, recorded by the media.
Rádio Renascença (RR) emphasizes that “the meeting of the Council of State had already ended about twenty minutes ago” and that “all the councilors had already left”.
And when it was Marcelo’s turn to leave, the President of the Republic “already knew that the entire cast of TAP’s board of directors was right there on a terrace, after a meeting that took place two steps away at the inn”, adds RR.
So it wasn’t an entirely casual encounter. Marcelo took the opportunity to speak in Portuguese and French, asking “Do you all understand?” “It is essential that it runs well, it is very important for the country that it runs well,” he warned.
“We try to do our best. We work a lot”, said Christine Ourmières-Widener to the President of the Republic, according to images transmitted by RTP.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa replied that he had seen on television that TAP’s new executive team had prepared a restructuring plan to present to the company’s board of directors and considered that “It’s very important that it goes well” this process.
TAP’s executive president agreed that this “is very important” and added that the plan will be presented “soon”, without indicating any deadline, and stressing that her team is with “a lot of energy and a lot of passion”.
“Good luck. It’s also good luck for Portugal. Portugal has it there, the Portuguese have a lot of money invested there”, concluded Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, saying goodbye and turning his back.