Women are forging ahead as world leaders and decision makers and in politics we continue to see women rise in key positions. Anne Hidalgo is now one of such women after a rare victory as the first female mayor of Paris, a humbling moment for President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party. Anne Higaldo previously served the city as Deputy Mayor.
Anne Hidalgo of the Socialist Party beat the conservative candidate, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, in France’s municipal elections on Sunday, local media reported based on election results from the Interior Ministry. Hidalgo currently works as a deputy to the outgoing mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, who has been in office for 13 years. Hidalgo’s victory in the French capital was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise devastating elections for the Socialist government headed by President François Hollande.
“This vote is a defeat for the government and the [Socialist] majority,” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, as reported by the Associated Press. Hinting at a Cabinet reshuffle, Ayrault added, “This message is clear … the President will draw conclusions, and he will do so in the interest of France.”
Election turnout hit a historical low of 63.7%, according to the French Interior Minister Manuel Valls.