Paris Bike Share Vélib Opens Child-Friendly Cycling Program

This past Wednesday, June 18, Paris rolled out a childhood cycling program—the first of its kind—enabling students as young as two to take advantage of Paris’ highly successful bike share program, Vélib. Named “P’tit Vélib,” this new program provides 300 bikes for hire at five different pedestrian-friendly, low-traffic parks across the city. The bikes themselves […]

Hidalgo, Paris’ First Female Mayor, Sworn into Office

On Saturday April 5, Anne Hidalgo was sworn into office as the first female mayor of Paris, after her popular election was confirmed by council members in a system similar to that of the Electoral College. Hidalgo, a member of France’s Parti Socialiste (PS), won the city’s municipal elections on March 30, making her socialist […]

Paris Municipal Elections: Two Weeks to Go

LILLE – With less than two weeks until the French elect the 36,680 mayors that will govern their municipalities for the next six years, it is time to look at the most important race: Paris. If you thought the French electoral system hard to understand, Paris’ is even worse. Because of the its size and its […]

Mayoral candidate Hidalgo wants to give fresh look to Bastille history

Anne Hidalgo’s ambitious proposal to redesign the iconic Place de la Bastille in central Paris is both an easy and a tough sell. Hidalgo, the Socialist Party’s mayoral hope and the favorite to win in next month’s election, is touting her project as a victory for pedestrians and history alike — a way to ease […]

Local Elections Underway in Paris

The municipal campaign for Mayor of Paris is fully underway between Anne Hidalgo, current deputy mayor, and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (better known as NKM) of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP). Both candidates have revealed their platforms and will continue touring the capital until the elections in March 2014. Hidalgo discussed her focal points for […]

Kosciusko-Morizet Wins UMP Municipal Primary Elections

On June 3, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, NKM, was designated as candidate for the 2014 municipal elections in Paris by 58.16% of the votes, during the first round of the local primary elections of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP). Her campaign apparently convinced a sweeping majority of the members of her party, of whom approximately […]

Suicide in Parisian School Raises Questions over Security

On May 16, a 50-year-old man killed himself with a gun in the hall of a pre-school in the 7th arrondissement of Paris in front of several children. Sources indicate that he had been kept from entering by several adults before apparently panicking and shooting himself in the head. Vincent Peillon, Minister of Education, returned  from […]

The Upcoming French Mayoral Elections: A Reader’s Digest Version

Although 2013 is just getting started, Parisian politicians have already begun their preparations for the 2014 Paris municipal elections. Candidates from the two popular political parties, the leftist Parti Socialiste (PS) and the center-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), must first win their individual primary elections in order to continue on to the 2014 […]