António de Sousa Franco

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António de Sousa Franco
Minister of Finance
In office
28 October 1995 – 25 October 1999
President Mário Soares
Jorge Sampaio
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by Eduardo Catroga
Succeeded by Joaquim Pina Moura
In office
1 August 1979 – 3 January 1980
President António Ramalho Eanes
Prime Minister Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
Preceded by Manuel Jacinto Nunes
Succeeded by Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Personal details
Born António Luciano Pacheco de Sousa Franco
(1942-09-21)21 September 1942
Lisbon, Portugal
Died 9 June 2004(2004-06-09) (aged 61)
Matosinhos, Portugal
Political party Independent (1985-2004)
Independent Social Democratic Action (1980-1985)
Social Democratic Party (1974-1980)
Spouse(s) Matilde Sousa Franco
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Profession Economist

António Luciano Pacheco de Sousa Franco, GCC, GCSE (Lisbon, September 21, 1942 – Matosinhos, June 9, 2004) was a Portuguese economist and politician.


He was a son of António de Sousa Franco and wife Maria de Jesus Pacheco, in turn sister of Óscar Pacheco (Setúbal, São Julião, August 10, 1904 – February 17, 1970), Isabel Pacheco and Clóvis Pacheco and daughter of Joaquim Pacheco, born in Setúbal, and wife Deolinda Baptista.


He was a Licentiate, Doctorate and Full Professor of Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

He joined the Popular Democratic Party, who adopted the name of Social Democratic Party, in 1976. In 1978, he was the interim leader of the party, due to Francisco Sá Carneiro absence. He latter left the party and was Finance Minister at Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo government, in 1979.

He was the President of Portuguese Court of Auditors (Tribunal de Contas) and come close to the Socialist Party, during Aníbal Cavaco Silva governments. He was Finance Minister in the first socialist government led by António Guterres, from 1995 to 1999. In that year he returned to his academic career and became the new President of the Directive Council of his Faculty.

He was critical of the socialists in the following years, but accepted to be the top candidate the Socialist Party list for the European Parliament elections, in 2004.


During a campaign event for the 2004 European elections in a fishing facility in Matosinhos, Sousa Franco and his entourage were engulfed by a violent clash between members of two local factions of the Socialist Party. During the incident, Sousa Franco suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to the nearby Pedro Hispano Hospital, being pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

He was succeeded as socialist top candidate by António Costa.


He was awarded with the Grand Crosses of the Order of Christ and the Order of Saint James of the Sword.


He married in Coimbra at the Old Cathedral Maria Matilde Pessoa de Magalhães Figueiredo, born at São Domingos de Benfica, Lisbon, on July 8, 1943, a Licentiate in History, daughter of João Correia de Magalhães de Figueiredo (Vouzela, Vouzela, March 2, 1908), a decorated Portuguese Army Officer, and wife (m. Lisbon, Benfica, July 27, 1935) Carlota Matilde Sérgio Pessoa (Lisbon, São Jorge de Arroios, November 19, 1912 – Lisbon, February 11, 2006), a maternal niece of António Sérgio, without issue. She was previously married in Lisbon, São Domingos de Benfica, on May 8, 1971, marriage later annulled by the Holy See, to António Manuel Delgado Tamagnini (b. Tomar, Santa Maria dos Olivais, December 5, 1942), a lawyer, by whom she had an only daughter, Inês Pessoa de Figueiredo Tamagnini (b. Lisbon, São Sebastião da Pedreira, December 4, 1973), unmarried and without issue. She is the sister of Eduardo Sérgio Pessoa de Magalhães Figueiredo, 2nd Baron of a Costeira.