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).”
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.
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.
Date created : 2014-03-21