- Title: Socialist Hidalgo re-elected as Paris mayor
- Date: 28th June 2020
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 28, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (French) PRESIDENT OF THE LAREM AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, GILLES LE GENDRE, SAYING: "The condition in which her (Agnes Buzyn) campaign took place was an impossible challenge. I want to pay homage to her, seriously, because she took on the campaign in conditions, which, as you know, were extraordinarily compromised, and she did it twice, with a lot of courage and determination." EXTERIOR OF LAREM PARTY HEADQUARTERS
- Embargoed: 12th July 2020 21:22
- Keywords: Paris municipal election results
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE/ GRAPHICS
- City: PARIS, FRANCE/ GRAPHICS
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA003CKAA2BR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Socialist Anne Hidalgo won a second term as mayor of Paris on Sunday (June 28), according to an exit poll for TF1 TV that showed her garnering over 50% of the vote across the French capital.
Hidalgo's victory would be a blow for President Emmanuel Macron, who only a year ago harbored hopes of winning the capital.
Participation rate was at 34.67% as of 5:00 p.m. (1500 GMT), compared to about 52.36% in the last municipal elections in 2014.
A year ago Macron had hoped the local elections would help anchor his young centrist party in towns and cities across France, including Paris, ahead of an anticipated 2022 re-election bid. But more recently, presidential aides have been playing down expectations.
France's 35,000 mayors set policy on issues from urban planning to education and the environment. While local factors typically drive voter choices, they give the electorate an opportunity to support or punish a president mid-mandate.
(Production: Yiming Woo, Yonathan Van der Voort)
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