The Hidalgo machine is on its way. At full speed from day one. Interviews, press conference, meeting: after ending months of false suspense by formalizing his candidacy for a second term, Sunday, January 12, in an interview at Parisian, the socialist mayor of Paris chained speeches Monday.
And it's not over : "From now on, she is the one who will set the tempo, by revealing an element of her project every day", says Emmanuel Grégoire, his first assistant and campaign manager. After fitting out the doors to Paris on Monday, Anne Hidalgo must talk about ecology on Tuesday with the chairman of its support committee, climatologist Jean Jouzel, then housing on Wednesday, health on Thursday, etc. "We already have the program for the next three weeks", promises Mr. Grégoire.
"The foundation is ecology"
The complete project should be presented around February 6, and its funding at about the same time. A sort of “carpet bomb” strategy, to capture the attention of the media and voters, and leave as little room as possible for its competitors, in particular the most threatening of them, Benjamin Griveaux (La République en Marche ).
"She declared herself late, and she has a lot to say about Paris, so it's normal for her to speak", comments his deputy Jean-François Martins, who has become one of his spokespersons. All day, the outgoing mayor hammered out his priorities: ecology, purchasing power, proximity, citizen engagement. "The foundation is ecology, she said in the evening in front of several hundred of her supporters gathered on a barge moored near the Invalides. And yes, we will further reduce the space for the car. There will be no break. There can't be, since it's about making the air cleaner. "
To these priorities are added two subjects identified as weaknesses of the mandate which is ending: cleanliness and security. To correct the situation in these areas, Anne Hidalgo promises for her next mandate to double the budget devoted to cleanliness and to create a real municipal police force.
Make the door of the Chapel "majestic"
For her first trip as a candidate, the mayor of Paris had chosen the Porte de la Chapelle earlier in the day, in the north of the capital. An area that many of his opponents accuse him of having abandoned, and that the elected socialist intends to develop as a priority. "The Porte de la Chapelle is an example of all the problems and difficulties that the construction of the ring road and the creation of a motorway interchange in the heart of the city can cause", we recognize in his team.