Mayor of Paris to run for French president

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced her candidacy for the French presidency on Sunday.

Hidalgo, a socialist who has led the French capital since 2014, promised to build “a more just France”.

“It was with humility, aware of the seriousness of our time and in order to make our hopes come true, that I have decided to run for the presidency of the French Republic,” she said called in a speech in the city of Rouen.

The next presidential election will take place in April and will consist of two ballots if no candidate wins an absolute majority in the first ballot.

President Emmanuel Macron has not yet announced his second term, but is widely expected.

According to POLITICO’s survey of the intention of the first round of elections, Macron leads the group of potential candidates with 24 percent, one point ahead of right-wing extremist leader Marine Le Pen.

Hidalgo is currently in fifth place with eight percent, behind Xavier Bertrand from the center right and Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the far left.

FRANCE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SURVEY

More survey data from across Europe can be found at POLITICS Poll of polls.

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