Anne Hidalgo, daughter of Spanish emigrants and mayor of Paris launches her candidacy for the presidency

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Anne Hidalgo (San Fernando, Cádiz, 1959), mayor of Paris, has presented her candidacy to the presidency of the Republic. For the first time, a Spanish woman, the daughter of immigrants, aspires to the head of the State of France. Hidalgo made his candidacy public late Sunday morning, in Rouen (112,000 inhabitants), the 30th city of France, one of the great ports of Normandy, in the western Atlantic.

The Socialist Party (PS) must officially support his candidacy next week, at an extraordinary convention. Surrounded by a new generation of socialist personalities, far removed from historical socialism, Hidalgo announced her project to lead a “great unitary movement” in which they could integrate socialists and very diverse families of the leftFrench gdr, from environmentalism to independents.

Without going into the details of a political project that he will have to specify later, Hidalgo recalled his family origins: modest emigrants, sentenced to exile, politically persecuted, even “sentenced to death by Francoism.”

Starting from that family matrix, Hidalgo made a lyrical gloss of the French integration political model in Rouen, aspiring to propose “something similar to the model in which I joined, a united and united France.” According to the latest polls, Anne Hidalgo today has between a 7 and 9% of intentions voting, in the first round of the presidential election, at the end of next April. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have between 24 and 25%, trading as the only candidates who will go on to the second and decisive round at the beginning of May 2022.

First female mayor of Paris

While waiting to receive the official endorsement of the PS, Anne Hidalgo, will have to compete, on the left, with another socialist candidate, Arnaud de Montebourg, ex-minister of François Hollande, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, líder of the extrema izquierda populista, y Fabien Roussel, candidato del PCF.

In the speech announcing his personal candidacy for the Head of State, Hidalgo advanced several campaign themes: ecology, social integration and significant rise in wages in education and public service, two essential sectors of the traditional socialist electorate.

Daughter of Andalusian immigrants, educated in France, Hidalgo was the first woman elected mayor of Paris, in 2014, after a long essentially municipal political career, as deputy of Bertrand Delanoé, mayor of the French capital, between 2001 and 2014, the first politician French who officially declared his homosexuality.

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