Presidential: Anne Hidalgo takes the plunge this Sunday – France

It is from Rouen, city of the socialist Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, a relative, that the mayor of Paris will make his officialization … A deliberate choice not to appear too “Parisian” and symbolize one of his campaign themes, reindustrialisation, in based on the ecological transition.

His declaration will telescope with the political re-entry of another contender for the Elysee, Marine le Pen, who will make a speech this Sunday at the RN summer days in Fréjus. Both will also be the guests of the JT in the evening: TF1 for Le Pen, France 2 for Hidalgo.

On the left, this candidacy is added to the long list of contenders, including the rebellious Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the ex-socialist Arnaud Montebourg, the communist Fabien Roussel or the candidate who will win the ecological primary at the end of September.

The mayor of Paris has gradually walked towards the idea of ​​a national destiny, supported by the insistence of several elected socialists. For several months, it has increased the number of trips to France, then gathered hundreds of left-wing elected officials in Villeurbanne in July, before meeting with activists at the PS summer days in Blois in August, and socialist parliamentarians on Tuesday in Montpellier. This Saturday, she also went through the Fête de l’Huma.

If she took the time, “it is neither hesitation nor coquetry”, but to “ensure that we have the foundations, these points of agreement to be able to speak to the country” , she clarified. Points of agreement around the “common values” of social democracy and “republican equality” in particular, of which it makes its “compass”.

“Raise all wages”

Among its priorities, “the ecological transition, the transformation of our economic and energy model”, but “not to the detriment of the middle classes and popular categories”. School is another priority. To revalue the teaching profession, she deems “possible” over a five-year term to “multiply by at least two” their salary, in her book “Une femme française” (Éditions de l’Observatoire) to be published on September 15.

Likewise, for the “invisible” (caregivers, cashiers, etc.) who “every day of the year (…) keep society running”, she considers in the book “quite economically bearable to meet all the wages ”, quoting the CFDT which proposes a general increase of 15%,“ a solid track ”according to it.

For the moment credited with 7 to 9% of the votes according to the polls, Anne Hidalgo recalls that she was also given the loser in the municipal election in Paris. It “can give the dynamic and the conviction that the left can win”, judges a relative. “The challenge is to win back the share of left-wing voters who answer Macron by default.”

This candidacy, coupled with the positive results of the Socialists in the last municipal, departmental and regional elections, galvanizes the PS. “We have a chance to win,” assures Pierre Jouvet, spokesperson for the party. “This candidacy is the logical continuation of hard work for three years to reposition the PS at the heart of the left,” he said, after the failure of the Socialists in 2017, where Benoît Hamon did not obtain that 6.34% of the votes.

“I have the feeling that in this presidential election, we will (…) achieve what nobody imagines! », Tweeted Olivier Faure, the first secretary, who supports her. He is also in a favorable position to be re-elected at the head of the party: after a vote by activists on Thursday, his orientation text came out on top, according to partial results.

To separate it from other socialist competitors, such as Stéphane Le Foll, the mayor of Le Mans, Anne Hidalgo will however have to go through an internal vote of the PS, after the party congress scheduled for September 17 and 18. “But what is at stake is not a party, we need a rally that goes far beyond”, she judges.

For this, she wants to rely on “her team of mayors and elected officials from France”, such as Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes, or Carole Delga, president of the Occitanie region, elected officials “from the middle classes, popular categories or immigration ”, like her.

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