The French Socialist Party on Thursday gave its almost unanimous support to the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to be his candidate in the presidential elections of April 2022, in which the polls predict little chance of victory.
The 208 sponsorships received, compared to 34 from his only opponent, the former Minister of Agriculture and current councilor of Le Mans, Stéphane Le Foll, They anticipated that there would be no surprises in the open vote from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time.
The provisional figures for this scrutiny reserved for militants were clear: with a 90% count, Hidalgo took “more than 72%” of the votes, the first secretary of training, Olivier Faure, told the press.
“I am particularly proud and honored to defend the colors of our party. They are the colors of a left that assumes the exercise of power, of a government left that will never be satisfied simply with being indignant or protesting, but wants to act in a concrete way, “said the already candidate.
In its ordinary congress in mid-September, the PS, through Faure, had already endorsed her, without naming her, giving support to emblematic proposals launched since Hidalgo announced his candidacy that same month, such as the intention of double the salary of teachers.
A long road ahead
The PS leader admitted this same Thursday night that the pending path will be complicated. “We all know here that no one wants our victory […]. We know your ability, strength, courage and determination. Hard work awaits you. You can be sure that we are going to accompany you, “she told Hidalgo.
Le Foll had maintained his candidacy despite being aware that luck was not in his favor. “I am a more than marginal candidate. Sometimes it takes a lot of perseverance to come into existence in a political debate,” he had stated this week, alleging feeling despised for their training.
The PS now puts its machinery at the service of Hidalgo and seeks union with other forces on the left, in particular with environmentalists, who on September 28 elected MEP Yannick Jadot as a candidate.
The official investiture of Hidalgo will take place October 23 in Lille, fiefdom of his political mentor, Martine Aubry, with a convention that will make a call for collective mobilization half a year after those elections.
On the way to the presidential elections, he already has as confirmed opponents the far-right Marine Le Pen or the leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The conservatives will elect their representative in an internal congress, and the current president, Emmanuel Macron, has not advanced his intentions.
The emergence of the writer and essayist Eric Zemmour, Omnipresent in the French pre-campaign despite not having taken the step, it is another possible obstacle in the presidential ambition of Hidalgo, 62, a native of San Fernando (Cádiz).
Little citizen support
The polls attribute to Hidalgo less than 10% of the voting intention, well below the 24% achieved by Macron, according to a poll by the Ifop demographic institute this week, or the 22% by Le Pen, who would thus advance to the second round.
Its possibilities are also reduced by the traditional fragmentation of the left vote between socialists, environmentalists and the populist formation La Francia Insumisa, de Mélenchon, and for a electorate heeled to the right, with immigration as a key factor in these elections.
“Tonight starts all over France a campaign that unites all the socialist militant forces “, Hidalgo said this Thursday at the Parisian bar L’Office, which he had summoned the press to offer his first statements after the count.
The presidential candidate was elected councilor of Paris in 2001 and is Mayor of the French capital since 2014. In 2020 he renewed his mandate under the umbrella of the Paris en commun platform, a citizen alliance, in his words, which brought together politicians of various sensibilities, from communists to environmentalists.
The ecological transition It is an axis of his program and also the subject of the round table in which he will participate in Valencia in the 40th Federal Congress of the PSOE, where he will have a working lunch with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, and as he advanced this Thursday he will speak with him from “Motor role of social democracy in Europe”.