The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, launched on Monday her campaign for municipal elections next March with a program focused on ecology, which wants to turn the French capital into an “accessible, ecological and supportive” city.
The socialist councilor tries to renew her mandate at the head of the “Paris en commun” platform, a “citizen alliance”, in her words, which brings together politicians of various sensibilities, from communists to environmentalists, who have relied on their six last years in the first line in the session.
Hidalgo began his electoral career with a meeting with the press in the popular neighborhood of La Chapelle, in the north of Paris, an example in his opinion of the problems he wants to solve, such as the excessive presence of the car in its streets, air pollution or the shortage of affordable housing.
Born in the Spanish town of San Fernando (Cádiz) 60 years ago, the mayor starts as a favorite in the polls, with between 19 and 24% of the voting intentions.
“I trust the intelligence of the Parisians when choosing. My political offer is a new offer that is part of the experience,” she said, satisfied to have launched “radical transformations so that people can finally go safely by bike “.
Among its competitors are Benjamin Griveaux, of the presidential party La República en Marcha; Cédric Villani, dissident of that formation; the conservative Rachida Dati or the ecologist David Belliard.
Although its program will be revealed in detail in February, the mayor has advanced her intention to continue working so that Paris is a city “that invests in its public services” and applies “new solutions to move, live, feed and work” in the face of urgency Ecological
“We will further reduce the space for cars. There will be no pause,” he added later at his first rally, held at the Fluctuart art center and where he made clear his intention to create new urban gardens, install more cycling tracks or pedestrianize the center of Paris limiting circulation in that area.
Hidalgo, who confirmed last Saturday that he wanted to renew his position, something that until then was an open secret, is proud to have opened an additional 30 hectares of parks and gardens since 2014 or to have tightened the regulation of tourist rental platforms such as Airbnb .
Although its urban planning policy and plans to reduce pollution have raised many criticisms in its mandate, as well as the dirtiness of the capital, the mayor can benefit from the dispersion of her opponents in these elections planned for the next 15 and 22 of March.