The woman dubbed by some the new Eva Perón is a divisive figure. Cristina Kirchner succeeded her husband, Nestor, as president of Argentina back in 2007. A year ahead of presidential elections, she still inspires millions of Argentines despite an economic slump, widespread corruption, and growing insecurity.
For her supporters, Cristina Kirchner has continued her husband’s work by rebuilding the country’s economy after the crippling debt crisis of 2001. She has increased public spending and is adored by the poor who praise her socialist and welfare policies.
But to her critics, her policies are merely populist.
Just what will be the legacy of the Kirchner years?
From the wealthy neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires to its poorest slums, FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at Argentine society and its growing polarisation.