The mayor of Paris is played in female. Except for tremendous surprise, a woman will sit down again at the Hotel de Ville in the gala capital after the next municipal elections. Three heavyweights lead the race for the largest city council in France. While the right dreams of reconquering with Rachida Dati the capital they lost in 2001 and snatching the armchair from the Spanish socialist Anne Hidalgo, macronism seeks to recover from the sexual scandal of her hitherto candidate with a surprise nomination, the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn.
The classic left-right duel, which seemed dead after the emergence of Emmanuel Macron’s party in the last legislative period, is re-emerging in Paris. The latest polls place Dati as the great opponent of the current mayor. Discreet in his campaign, the one who was Minister of Nicolas Sarkozy has lavished little in interviews and television sets, but his campaign has been gaining strength in recent months until being first in intention to vote for the elections that start next Sunday in first back and they will have their decisive date on the 22nd.
IN ITS CONTEXT:
March will be the first electoral round. The final Sunday will come the final
- A system to achieve the majority of votes.
The double return of France is a system that, in theory, allows the election of the candidate preferred by the electorate to gather the largest number of supports. Only if an applicant obtains more than 50% of votes in the first round does not pass to the second.
Although in recent years he has remained in the background since his position as MEP of Los Republicanos (LR) and mayor of the 7th district of the capital, Dati is one of the best known personalities of French politics. In charge of the Justice portfolio from 2007 to 2009, Dati became a model of “French integration” by becoming the first woman of Maghreb origin who held an important position in the Gallic Government.
Her pregnancy during her ministering stage – and without being publicly known as a couple – made her the center of the media focus, while the press looked for her creature’s father among the most diverse personalities, including – and denied – the former president José María Aznar
With the impulse of Paris, Dati has managed to breathe some life and hope into his party. The conservatives have barely managed to lift their heads from the scandal over the diversion of funds that ended the career of former Prime Minister François Fillon, with the hopes of the right to take over the presidency and that caused the subsequent dislocation of many of his first swords to the Macron project. Despite leading the polls, Rachida Dati will not have anything easy, since he can barely add support in the second round.
Its main adversary is the current mayor, who defends a legacy of six years in which ecology has played a leading role, but has also generated enormous criticism. The pedestrianization of entire sectors and the creation of hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes have caused the anger of many drivers, the constant works have made traffic worse, the cleanliness of the city leaves much to be desired and the square meter already exceeds 10,000 euros in All neighborhoods. But Paris, after all, is also a city where only 15% of families use the car to go to work, and Parisians have appreciated, for the most part, the effort to reduce space for vehicles and for making the city greener.
Under his mandate, the capital has also suffered the terror of terror in 2015 and the economic and social consequences of the ‘yellow vests’ movement in 2019, in addition to the proliferation of refugee and migrant camps, a national and European crisis that has hit especially Paris. Hidalgo is also a survivor of French socialism, decomposing after the mandate of François Hollande, although for this campaign he has had to ally with the communists. Despite the competition of Los Verdes, his environmentalism benefits him for a hypothetical second round, in which he could partner with them to get ahead of the mayor’s office.
A good welcome
Surveys have received the last to reach the race for the City Hall, Agnès Buzyn, even better than its predecessor. The crisis of the sexual video of Benjamin Griveaux does not seem to have affected the possibilities of the Republic in March (LREM) to seize the mayor’s office, which were already, before the scandal, moderate.
The presidential party did not exist in the previous municipal ones of 2014 – Macron was not even Minister of Economy at the time – and now, except for the exception of Lyon, he does not have much hope of taking control of the great cities of the country. Macron wanted to give the bell with Paris, but it will be complicated.
In his favor, he has the solid and empathic image that the former Minister of Solidarities and Health projects, which has had to face some of the main crises that hit the Executive, such as the coronavirus and the pension system reform. That the government has left without being resolved is, however, a recurring criticism. Hematologist by profession, Buzyn says his model for mayor is the socialist Bertrand Delanoë (mentor and predecessor of Hidalgo) and this is really his first election campaign.
After her appointment to the race, the former minister has had to take on the Griveaux project and now fights to try to bring Cédric Villani closer to her campaign. At the moment he has not succeeded. The brilliant mathematician and deputy, who was expelled in January from the ranks of LREM for his refusal to withdraw his candidacy in favor of Griveaux’s, remains firm in the race to get the municipal leadership, although the numbers do not accompany him. It barely reaches 7% of intention to vote, but in a second round it could favor Buzyn.
A municipal election under the threat of the coronavirus
The shadow of the coronavirus has planned on the municipal elections that France celebrates on March 15 and 22. The Government discards for the moment postpone them, but the doubts lurk about how they can be carried out if the state 3 of the epidemic is finally declared, which would impose more restrictive controls on the concentrations of people, and whose inevitability does not even doubt the Emmanuel Macron himself.
About 48 million people are called to vote next Sunday, although from the authorities and political parties it is feared that the fear of contagion may favor a great demobilization, especially among the elderly. Some of the communes most affected by COVID-19, such as L’Oise or the Haut-Rhin, are already preparing special measures, such as the distribution of masks in polling stations, which will also have cans of disinfectant gel and where they could even be used disposable pens to give security to voters, who will be asked to maintain a safety distance of at least one meter between each other.
Vote for Procurement
The Ministry of Interior has also recommended the most vulnerable to use the recourse to solicitation: in France it is allowed to give another person power to vote instead. “In some communes, the elderly account for between 20 and 30% of the population,” said the mayor of Oursel-Maison, of 240 inhabitants, this week in an interview with public television. “And if they have not had time to manage their procurement, they will not go to vote.”
Since the contagion began to multiply without knowing in some cases the origin, the French Government has banned the concentrations of more than 5,000 people in closed places, and other agglomerations in the open air when it is considered that there are risks. In one of the most affected areas, such as Upper Rhine, this Friday the prefecture limited to 50 the number of people who can compose a meeting, thus strongly limiting public events, but also private ones, such as weddings.