Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to Run for French Presidency

Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist mayor of Paris, announced on Sept. 12 that she is running for French president in next year’s election.

“I have decided to be a candidate for the presidency of the French Republic,” Hidalgo said in a speech in the northwestern city of Rouen in Normandy, a location she chose in an attempt to establish a profile outside of Paris.

Hidalgo, the 62-year-old daughter of Spanish immigrants, warned of growing inequalities and promised to build “a fairer France.”

“The Republican model is disintegrating before our eyes,” Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo, who became the first female mayor of the French capital, further said that she wanted to end the “contempt, arrogance, disdain, and condescendence of those who know so little of our lives but decide everything without us, that creates so much anger and revolt.”

“I want all children in France to have the same opportunities I had,” Hidalgo also said.

Best known for her campaign to make Paris greener, Hidalgo also said that one of her top priorities as French president would be to transform France into a low-carbon economy.

Hidalgo, who has been the Paris mayor since 2014, is expected to easily win her party’s support in an internal vote.

The next presidential election in France will take place in April 2022.

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