Samia Ghali

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Samia Ghali
Member of the French Senate
for Bouches-du-Rhône
Assumed office
1 October 2008
Personal details
Born (1968-06-10) 10 June 1968 (age 49)
Marseille, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party

Samia Ghali (pronounced [samɪa ɣalɪ]) (born 1968) is a French Socialist Senator, representing the Bouches-du-Rhône department. She also serves as the Mayor of the 15th and 16th arrondissements of Marseille.

Early life[edit]

Samia Ghali was born on June 10, 1968 in Marseille, in the South of France.[1][2][3] She grew up in Bassens and Campagne Lévêque, two council estates in Marseille, where she was raised by her Algerian-born grandparents.[2][3]

She received a Certificat d'Aptitude Professionnelle (CAP), or professional certificate, as a secretary and accountant.[3]


Ghali became active in politics at the age of sixteen.[3] She became a city councillor of Marseille in 2001.[2]

Since 2008, she has served as a Senator for Bouches-du-Rhône.[1][2] She also serves as the Mayor of the 15th and 16th arrondissements of Marseille.[1][2]

In 2012, she suggested the French Army should be sent to the neighbourhoods of Northern Marseille to put an end to drug-trafficking.[3] In June 2015, her own chauffeur was arrested by the French police in a drug-trafficking raid in La Castellane.[4] She said she was "shocked" and "astounded".[4]

Personal life[edit]

Her second husband is Franck Dumontel, a political administrator.[2] She has four children.[2]