She no longer formally rules out a candidacy in 2022 as before her re-election. In recent days, Anne Hidalgo has maintained the suspense about her intentions for the presidential election. To make up her mind, the mayor of Paris is awaiting the regional elections next June, especially in Ile-de-France, where she put one of her very close friends, her deputy Audrey Pulvar, into orbit to face the outgoing president (Libres!) , Valérie Pécresse.
Could the ex-journalist’s campaign constitute the first stage of the presidential Hidalgo rocket? Some consider her in any case as a sentry. “Hidalgo propelled Pulvar but she obviously sees further”, confides an elected left. “This candidacy is Hidalgo who takes control of the PS Ile-de-France”, underlines an opponent of the mayor to the Council of Paris.
Pulvar can “embody a new left political offer”
There is the form first. Audrey Pulvar leaves under the label Ile-de-France en Commun, a platform that wants to bring together PS, civil society, environmentalists outside Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (including the national secretary Julien Bayou will probably be a candidate in Ile-de-France ) and, since last week, the radical left party. And which is directly inspired by the Paris en Commun movement, created by Anne Hidalgo for her re-election.
In L’Obs, last week, the mayor of Paris described the Ile-de-France region as “a democratic moment which should allow, as Audrey does, to create a process of going beyond. We will not succeed by putting together the parties of the left which in any case do not represent all the humanists. Hidalgo will also participate Saturday in the first digital public meeting of his assistant.
However, Pulvar’s candidacy is not an instrument in the service of the mayor, assure his relatives. “This is not a stepping stone strategy for 2022, denies his first deputy Emmanuel Grégoire. Anne Hidalgo pushed Audrey Pulvar because she thinks she can embody a new political offer on the left, which articulates social ambition and ecological ambition, and that she can win the Ile-de-France. “But he recognizes it,” initiatives like Paris en Commun or Ile-de-France en Commun can draw something for the future on the left “.
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Pulvar, on commissioned service for Hidalgo: the argument also makes Rémi Féraud tick, senator (PS) and president of the Paris en Commun group. “It is bad to know her personality to take her for a puppet,” he replies. Her political discourse and her combativeness were unanimous among the Ile-de-France socialists who met her, even among the most skeptical ”. While recognizing “the game of go” tactical of the mayor of Paris, who by imposing the candidacy of Pulvar “allows him to have a position of strength against the first secretary of the PS Olivier Faure”, the Parisian ecologist Jérôme Gleizes believes also that the ex-journalist “has his autonomy”.
“I notice that in the controversy that opposed Anne Hidalgo to environmentalists (Editor’s note: the first criticizing the second for their “ambiguity” in their relationship to the Republic), Audrey Pulvar did not take sides at all, continues the vice-president of the environmental group at the mayor of Paris. And that she was by our side to face the CRS during the dismantling of a migrant camp on Place de la République. “President of the radical left party, Guillaume Lacroix, sums up:” Yes, the role of Anne Hidalgo is proven in her candidacy, but her support goes beyond the bosom of the town hall of Paris. I think Audrey Pulvar will surprise. “
Two women with a too “Parisian” image?
Still, according to his opponents, the ex-journalist would suffer from an image that was too “Parisian” to debunk Valérie Pécresse. A criticism also addressed hollow to Anne Hidalgo. “I find it hard to see how a candidate from the Parisian majority could obtain the consent of voters from the small and large crowns who have for years suffered the contempt of Anne Hidalgo and her desire to enclose Paris”, tackle Nelly Garnier, elected LR to the Paris Council, close to Rachida Dati.
“Audrey Pulvar perfectly embodies Anne Hidalgo’s bobo Paris” criticism echoed Danielle Simonnet, elected rebellious of the capital. “To portray Pulvar as a Parisian is as caricature as to portray Valérie Pécresse in Versaillaise,” retorts Emmanuel Grégoire. An argument that could also be used by Anne Hidalgo in 2022.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr