The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced her candidacy for the French presidency on Sunday.
Hidalgo, a socialist who has ruled the French capital since 2014, promised to build “a more just France”.
“With humility, aware of the gravity of our time, and to realize our hopes, I decided to run as a candidate for the presidency of the French Republic,” she declared. noted in a speech to the city of Rouen.
The next presidential election takes place in April and will consist of two rounds of voting if no candidate obtains an absolute majority in the first round.
President Emmanuel Macron has yet to announce he will run for a second term, but he is widely expected to do so.
According to the POLITICO poll on voting intentions in the first round, Macron leads the pack of potential candidates with 24%, one point ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Hidalgo currently occupies fifth place out of eight percent, behind center-right Xavier Bertrand and far left Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
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