Last stand by Anne Hidalgo as the 2022 presidential election approaches
The final meeting of the socialist candidate’s campaign took place on Sunday at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris. Metro station Filles-du-Calvaire. A name that has made some socialists smile: those who no longer believe at all, and for a long time, in the qualification of the mayor of Paris for the second round of the presidential election. “They saw it as a wink, ironic and supported, of fate with regard to a painful campaign from start to finish”writes our journalist Laurent Telo.
Within the team of the candidate, we feel, on the contrary, for a few days, a tremor among the militants, who could help Mme Hidalgo to extricate himself from the probing depths. 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”.
This meeting was both a last stand, a farewell tour and the anticipation of his return to City Hall. “Nothing is decided until the vote has taken place! Together, we can debunk these partial and biased polls and their zealous commentators.”launched the mayor of the capital.
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? »
This meeting was also an opportunity to recall the essential measures of his program, which were never really audible during the campaign: “If the French trust me, I will freeze energy prices, I will lower the VAT applied to them to 5.5%, I will immediately raise the index point and pensions by 3% to catch up with inflation. . I will ask the social partners to open wage negotiations in all professional branches and I will initiate the movement by raising the minimum wage by 15%, or 200 euros net per month. »
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