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 […]

New Seats on Constitutional Council All Filled by Women

For the first time in history, three women have now have seats on the Constitutional Council. This past week, François Hollande, Jean-Pierre Bel, and Claude Bartolone have appointed three nominees to sit on the council. On February 12, Hollande named Nicole Maestracci as the replacement for Pierre Steinmetz. Maestracci was the first president of La […]

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 […]