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Romanian drama: the mayor, the soprano and the champion

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Romania is gripped by a political soap opera featuring French Open tennis champion Simona Halep, a world-famous soprano and the mayor of Bucharest. Following Halep's win in Paris this weekend,...
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Romanian drama: the mayor, the soprano and the champion

8 days ago   |   By

BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania is gripped by a political soap opera featuring French Open tennis champion Simona Halep, a world famous soprano and the mayor of Bucharest.
Following her win in Paris this weekend, Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea - a key member of the country's ruling Social Democratic Party - held a grand ceremony to give Halep the keys to the city.
Thousands cheered Halep, but when the mayor began to speak, she was booed.
Firea retorted that groups allied to Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros had conspired to "compromise the event."
Critics said Firea was trying to...
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