Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris on Sunday launched her bid for the French Presidency, met the emphasis on green and social problems, and far-right leader Marine Le Pen set out her vision for the top job as the race to relieve incumbent Emmanuel Macron pace.
Hidalgo, 62, is one of a handfull of candidates from both right and left bid to become France first female president.
Macron still has to confirm he will look for a second term but it is generally expected that run again.
Polls suggest he and Le Pen could make it to the top first round of vote in April and Macron would then Le Pen . defeat in the run-off, in a repeat of 2017.
Hidalgo is a favorite of win the nomination of her socialist party later this month, but is facing met a raise battle to unite the broken left behind her candidacy.
She chose the shipyards of the socialist-run city of Rouen to keep her pitch for a low-carbon economy and more expenses on education, housing and health.
“L want all children in France to get the same opportunities I had,” she said, crediting the French school system with help her overcome the ‘class prejudice’ she acquired as a child of Spanish immigrants — her father was an electrician and she mother a seamstress — in a residential area in Lyons.
Hidalgo enters the race like a polarizing figure whose campaign auto’s pressing out of Paris and green de city residents divided.
She emphasized her record like a capable one manager who sent Paris by a series of crises, of a string of terror attacks on the “yellow vest” riots of 2018 and 2019 and the fire die destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral.
Shortly after her announcement, the anti-immigration, anti-EU Le Pen set out the main themes of her third campaign for president in a speech in The Southern city of Frejus.
In typical barnstorming mode, Le Pen told a crowd of met flag-waving supporters would clean them up up “components of France die have been Talibanized” – a reference to the presence of radical Islamists in some high-rise residential areas.
They also made approaching the many thousands who organize weekly protests against the Covid “health pass”, which requires: people until show proof of vaccination of a negative test be served in restaurants, takes long distance trains and a host of other services.
LePen, who campaigns as the defender of French “liberty”, calling it “a disproportionate violation” of the right to liberty”.
polls currently suggest that Hidalgo would collect only seven to nine percent in the first round of vote for president in April when he is elected to represent the socialists.
She hopes to give that a boost score by leveraging growing climate activism of The younger generation of France.
Both Hidalgo and Le Pen accused Macron of “arrogance” — one of the accusations die underlying the yellow vest revolt — and they emphasized their commitment to women’s rights.
Le Pen promised to make the streets safe for women until walk “at all times of day of night and in every neighborhood”.
Hidalgo said she would push for equal pay for men and women.
Le Pen’s combative rhetoric masks unrest in her National Rally after the bad showings in regional elections in June.
Analysts have warned of potential voter fatigue with Le Pen after two failed campaigns.
And Le Pen could be hampered by a rival far-right candidacy from controversial TV pundit and author Eric Zemmour.
zemmour, who has built up a loyal following with tirades against migration and the Muslim headscarf, are rumored to be planning to use an upcoming book tour to throw his hat in the ring.
Macron, meanwhile, received a key approval from right: being former prime minister Edward Philippe.
“Mine support for the president of the republic will be total in 2022,” Philippe told TF1 television on Sunday night.
(Except for for the head, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)
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