France: Anne Hidalgo re-elected as mayor of Paris

Parisians re-elected French Socialist Party's Anne Hidalgo as mayor on Sunday after the second round of municipal votes. Hidalgo thanked «all of the citizens who came out today despite the coronavirus crisis, as well as all those who mobilised [themselves] so that this election could take place in the best conditions.» «I think she has managed the crises she has faced very well, whether it be terrorism or the various movements that have taken place in Paris,» explained a supporter of Hidalgo at the scene as the Franco-Spaniard socialist politician addressed supporters following the preliminary results of the second round of polls. Hidalgo won with between 49.3 and 50.2 percent of the votes. «Believe me, this future will live up to our expectations. Long live the Parisians and long live Paris,» she added. Hidalgo pledged a number of eco-friendly green promises, including more bike lanes and reducing cars. Dozens of people could be seen rallying and cheering as Hidalgo celebrated with her team after securing her second term in office whilst defeating her conservative rival Rachida Dati. President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party took a hard defeat with a record low turnout.

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