Unsurprisingly, Anne Hidalgo invested by the PS

There was absolutely no suspense. Anne Hidalgo was invested Thursday evening by the Socialist Party for the presidential election, a prelude to a “collective mobilization” around the mayor of Paris to try to relaunch a campaign that is struggling to take off. According to results covering more than 90% of the ballots counted, Anne Hidalgo, who was widely favorite, obtained more than 72% of the votes against her only challenger, the mayor of Le Mans StĂ©phane le Foll, announced the first secretary Olivier Faure. .

“Everyone mobilized to prepare the alternation, let’s go, let’s go,” said Anne Hidalgo, in front of several dozen activists and supporters, such as the president of the Seine-Saint-Denis department StĂ©phane Troussel or the Paris senator RĂ©mi FĂ©raud, gathered in a brasserie in the twentieth arrondissement of the capital.

“I measure the responsibility incumbent on me”, said the Parisian councilor, saying “proud and honored to wear the colors of our party”. “I wear the colors of a left of government”, “which assumes the exercise of power and responsibilities”, she added.

In the cellar in the polls

Credited by the polls of 4 to 7% of the vote, Anne Hidalgo was engaged in the battle for 2022 without waiting for this nomination, which she knew almost acquired since she has for months the support of the authorities of the party, including Olivier Faure. During the recent PS congress, the latter also judged that the candidate would “probably have a very large majority”.

Hailing the “quiet strength” of Anne Hidalgo, the latter recognized that the campaign would be “difficult” and that “nobody wants our victory”, but “we will accompany you”, he assured.

StĂ©phane Le Foll was under no illusions: “The mass is said”, he admitted to AFP, denouncing the lack of debate with the mayor of Paris, whose project he considers “incoherent” and ” undefined ”.

Anne Hidalgo invited him to join her in the campaign, because “his political family needs him and his commitment”.

First meeting on October 23

The party is now in order of battle behind its candidate, with an investiture convention on October 23 in Lille, stronghold of Martine Aubry, her political mentor. The opportunity for a first meeting to ring “collective mobilization”, with some heavyweights of the PS announced. But without François Lamy, ex-minister of François Hollande, who has just announced that he is joining the campaign of Yannick Jadot, a direct competitor. Lille will “bring together the different generations of the socialist family,” assures its campaign manager, Johanna Rolland.

Anne Hidalgo’s opponents believe that she missed her entry into the presidential race.

“You are at 4%, subscribed to 4% and you will not go further,” ex-minister LR Rachida Dati told him on Wednesday in the middle of the Council of Paris, mocking “a desperate and desperate electoral campaign”. In fact, the mayor of Paris has been rather discreet since the formalization of her candidacy on September 12 in Rouen.

His relatives defend the “bias” of a start to the campaign “low noise, on the bottom, on the ground”, and promise a “rise in power”. But Olivier Faure warns: “From next weekend, there will be posters pasted, leaflets (especially in Ile-de-France). I fully expect that the socialists’ entry into the campaign will produce some effects. “The entourage of Anne Hidalgo ensures that there is” no species of concern or reluctance “around her candidacy, while on the environmental side, some already dream of seeing her rally Yannick Jadot, for the moment slightly higher in the polls.

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