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© FRANCE 24

Video by Joseph TANDY

Text by Tony TODD

Latest update : 2014-03-22

Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist candidate who is odds-on to become the next mayor of Paris, has released multilingual appeals for foreigners living in the city to get out and vote in Sunday’s local elections. See videos below.

Hidalgo, who has been deputy to Socialist city leader Bertrand Delanoë since 2001, is polling slightly ahead of her conservative rival Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, with an IFOP poll on Thursday giving her a four-point lead.

And in her bid to get the vote from foreigners living in the city – EU nationals living in France are entitled to vote in local elections – Hidalgo has repeated her appeal to vote in English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (she speaks the latter fluently).

Her English isn’t quite so clear, however. “On Sunday you are deciding the future of Paris,” she says in a halting, heavy French accent. The video is addressed to “the British”, indicating that her media team appears to have forgotten Paris’s large Irish community.

“I’m counting on you. Vote in your district for a Paris that dares (FRANCE 24 had a bit of trouble deciphering the last word).”

Anne Hidalgo appeals to Britons living in Paris to vote for her

Aux Britanniques qui vivent à Paris : Vote For... par AnneHidalgo

The ballot, which will be decided by the newly elected 193 city councillors representing the city’s 20 districts, is likely to go through to a second round on March 30 because neither Hidalgo nor Kosciusko-Morizet, known in France by her initials NKM, are likely to get more than 50 percent in the first round.

Anne Hidalgo appeals to Italians living in Paris to vote for her

Aux Italiens qui vivent à Paris : Votez pour... par AnneHidalgo

 

Hidalgo, who was born in Spain and moved to Paris with her family when she was two years old, made a more fluent appeal to Spanish voters.

Anne Hidalgo appeals to Spanish residents in Paris to vote for her

Message aux Espagnols qui vivent à Paris... par AnneHidalgo

Date created : 2014-03-21

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