Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo announces French presidential bid | France News

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo announces French presidential bid | France News

The 62-year-old daughter of Spanish immigrants is the new favorite to win the nomination of the Socialist occasion.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has introduced she’s going to run for president in subsequent 12 months’s election, becoming a member of a rising checklist of challengers to centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron.

The 62-year-old daughter of Spanish immigrants who fled Francisco Franco’s dictatorship is the new favorite to win the nomination of the Socialist occasion.

But the primary feminine mayor of Paris might want to develop her profile nationally to grow to be France’s first lady president.

Minutes after her announcement on Sunday, one in all her rivals, far-right chief Marine Le Pen kickstarted her third presidential marketing campaign within the southern metropolis of Frejus.

Hidalgo selected the dockyards of town of Rouen within the northwest for her announcement fairly than the gilded backdrop of Paris metropolis corridor.

Paris mayor since 2014, she enters the race as a polarising determine whose marketing campaign to squeeze automobiles out of the capital and make town greener has divided residents.

Translation: Humbly, conscious of the gravity of this second, and to make our hopes the truth of our lives, I made a decision to be a candidate for the presidency of the French Republic, Hidalgo posted on Twitter. 

Climate guarantees

In her speech, Hidalgo mentioned her upbringing within the working-class housing estates of Lyon confirmed how the French faculty system may assist kids overcome “class prejudice”.

But she warned that the French republican mannequin, promising liberty, equality and fraternity, was “disintegrating before our eyes”.

“I want all children in France to have the same opportunities I had,” she mentioned.

Journalist Pierre Haski instructed Al Jazeera that Hidalgo’s background is one “of her main selling points”.

“She is putting forward her personal story as this daughter of a working-class Spanish immigrant [family] who has made it to become the mayor of Paris, the world-class capital in the country,” Haski mentioned.

“So that’s the kind of achievement that she is promoting, saying I want everybody else to have the same kind of opportunities that I have had. She has a programme … against inequality, more education, more social assistance for the poor,” he added.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, flanked by Rouen’s mayor Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol (R) meets medical workers members at Rouen’s hospital, western France [Thomas Samson/ AFP]

However, there are nonetheless massive challenges forward, based on Haski.

“One of the weaknesses of her candidacy is that being the mayor of Paris obviously gives her a lot of visibility and importance, but it’s also a handicap,” Haski defined.

“Outside Paris, people resent the centrality of the capital, and they resent what they see as the arrogance from Parisians, so being the mayor of Paris is not necessarily the best asset,” Haski mentioned.

Polls at the moment present Hidalgo would garner solely seven to 9 p.c within the first spherical of voting for president in April, if picked to signify the Socialists.

She mentioned one in all her prime priorities could be to rework France right into a low-carbon financial system, accusing Macron of failing in his local weather pledges.

Macron has but to substantiate that he’ll search a second time period, however he’s broadly anticipated to take action.

The present president and far-right chief Le Pen are polling at between 20 p.c and 24 p.c and are at the moment the probably second-round runners.

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