The mayor of Paris is proclaimed as a candidate for the Elysee and launches an ecological, feminist and pro-European message
Six months before the presidential elections in France, the socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo yesterday officially launched her campaign with a social, environmental, feminist and pro-European message. Her goal is to climb the polls and break the glass ceiling to become the first president in the history of the country of the Gauls. “A left in power is possible,” said the mayor of Paris in her speech to militants and leaders in Lille. «I will put all my energy to win new votes every day. So that our citizens know that what the Germans and Spaniards have done is within reach of the ballot, “he said. “France needs the left,” she was convinced.
The Socialist Party closed ranks around this woman of Cadiz origin. The French-Spanish woman was officially invested as a candidate for the April elections, days after obtaining the support of 72.74% of the militants. “Hidalgo, Hidalgo,” they shouted. Anne, you can count on us. We are behind you, everyone, ”said the Mayor of Lille and former Minister of Employment, Martine Aubry, her mentor. However, ex-president François Hollande did not attend this city in the north of the country, very critical these days about the weakness of the left-wing candidates in these elections.
The Spanish-French considers that she is “the reincarnation of the republican promise”
A month and a half after he announced his candidacy, Hidalgo seeks to boost his campaign. Some polls give him between 5% and 7% of vote intention in the first round, insufficient to go to the second and have options to reach the Elysee. In the 2017 presidential elections, the socialist candidate Benoit Hamon achieved only 6.3%. “We have exactly six months left to give our country hope again, to propose a new path,” said Hidalgo. “I am ahead of you and I will go to the end,” he added. «I represent what many of our adversaries would like to keep silent. A woman, on the left, of foreign origin, deeply European “, said this combative politician, who considers that she is” the embodiment of the republican promise. ”
Hidalgo, born in San Fernando (Cádiz), emigrated with her family to France when she was two years old, grew up in a popular neighborhood in Lyon and was nationalized at the age of 14. Before dedicating herself to politics, she was a Labor Inspector and was part of the Cabinet of the Minister of Employment, Martine Aubry. She has been mayor of Paris since 2014 and was re-elected in 2020.
Against the nationalists
Later in his speech, Hidalgo quoted a phrase from Albert Camus: “I love my country too much to be a nationalist.” And she, as she loves France so much “to leave it to the nationalists,” said that she is presenting herself to the presidential elections to carry out “a project of social, ecological and democratic reconquest,” she reiterated.
He also outlined in his speech proposals on which his campaign will revolve. She promised that if she is elected she will propose to lower the legal voting age to 16, encourage unionism and establish a universal unemployment benefit. It also intends to limit the price of rents, as it has done in the capital, so that “no family has to dedicate more than a third of their income to housing.”
Hidalgo reiterated his offer to double the salary of teachers at the end of his hypothetical term. And he assured that he will establish the crime of “ecocide”, create the figure of the Defender of the Environment and impose a “tax on fortune” that will weigh on households with greater purchasing power.
The socialist explained that another of her objectives is to achieve “finally” equality between men and women. “I want to be the first president in the history of France because it is time to achieve a breakthrough, that of equality of women and men at work,” he said.
The difficult union of the left in the first round of the presidential elections
. The candidates of the left are “Lilliputian”, recognized this week the former socialist president François Hollande, striking a “stab” in the back at the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who was invested yesterday in Lille as the official candidate of her party for the April presidential elections. The only way for left-wing formations to advance to the second round is to unite around a single roster in the first round, something that, at this point in the pre-campaign, seems quite unlikely despite the majority of their supporters doing so. want.
If today the first round of the presidential elections is held, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La Francia Insumisa (the Gallic Podemos), would obtain between 8% and 10% of the votes; the ecologist Yannick Jadot, 8%; the socialist Anne Hidalgo, between 5% and 7%; the ex-socialist Arnaud Montebourg, 3% and the communist Fabien Roussel 2%, according to the polls.
None exceed the symbolic 10% bar, so their chances are slim. Together they would oscillate between 26 and 30% of the votes. In the French electoral system, only the two most voted lists go to the second round of the presidential elections.
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