Anne Hidalgo, her last stand as the 2022 presidential election approaches

Anne Hidalgo, during her meeting at the Cirque d'Hiver, in Paris, on April 3, 2022.

The final meeting of Anne Hidalgo’s campaign took place on Sunday April 3 at the Cirque d’hiver in Paris. Metro station Filles-du-Calvaire. A denomination that made some socialists smile: those who no longer believe at all, and for a long time, in the qualification of the mayor of Paris in the second round of the presidential election. They saw in it a wink, ironic and supported, of fate with regard to a painful campaign from start to finish.

Within the team of the socialist candidate, we feel on the contrary, for a few days, a tremor among the militants who could help Anne Hidalgo to extricate herself from the depths of the polls. With relatives, we also prefer to rent “its capacity for resistance and resilience”according to the expression of Mathieu Klein, socialist mayor of Nancy and coordinator of his presidential program, present behind the scenes of the meeting and who found her “very serene, determined”. He reacted to the calamitous voting intentions which make the presence of the mayor of Paris in the second round illusory: “She leads the fight until the end. Others, in his place, would have slowed down. Not her. She’s a fighter. »

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The Cirque d’Hiver was full of about 2,400 supporters. Socialist headliners had made the trip. Like Martine Aubry, the mayor of Lille, the former head of government Bernard Cazeneuve, or even the former minister of François Hollande Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. Actress-director Valérie Donzelli made a short statement before Anne Hidalgo took the floor for an hour of tough speech.

“It is thanks to her that socialism still exists”

This meeting was both a last stand, a farewell tour and the anticipation of his return to the Hôtel de Ville. “Nothing is decided until the vote has taken place! Together, we can deny these partial and biased polls and their zealous commentators”, launched the mayor of Paris, whom some found, precisely, too Parisian in the first part of her speech. Martine Aubry, she found it “great. It is thanks to her that socialism still exists”.

Bernard Cazeneuve, Martine Aubry, Johanna Rolland and Patrick Kanner attend the meeting of the socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo, at the Cirque d'Hiver, in Paris, on April 3, 2022.

Anne Hidalgo tried, one last time, to bring back to the socialist fold the left-wing voters tempted by an Emmanuel Macron who “don’t even calculate yourself. (…) You may say to yourself, why go back to a left which, in any case, would pass its turn? (…) Because Macron is on the right! » While warning about the use of a deemed useful vote in favor of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate of La France insoumise: “How could a candidate who theorized the end of the left, then who, in the local elections, fought all the rest of the left, could now represent any hope for the left? »

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