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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Copé and Fillon To Compete for Head of UMP

On Tuesday September 18 at 8 p.m., the deadline for sponsors’ deposits for the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) leadership elections was officially closed. As many of the candidates have already given up the possibility of running for office, the anticipated battle between Jean François Copé and François Fillon is emerging. Henri Guaino, Bruno […]

The Drama Continues with the UMP

The internal landscape of the UMP has once again changed and new candidates are now running for leadership of the party, claiming to be a kind of “third option” to the battle between François Fillon and Jean François Copé. The first of these new candidates is Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. Former minister under Sarkozy and former spokeswoman […]