Although she has long repeated, in public and in private, that she did not intend to run for the Elysée, Anne Hidalgo now poses the themes of a debate on the left and observes, with her close guard, the reactions.
Hammering her attachment to secularism, insisting on “the republican promise”, before approaching school soon: Anne Hidalgo, reelected mayor of Paris in June, details her vision on themes dear to the left before 2022, under the watch attentive of the Socialist Party.
“There is a very beautiful story to tell about her (…) around her courage”, enthuses a close friend of the socialist mayor, recalling that there are still two years, “she was cornered, before ride up”.
Although she has long repeated, in public and in private, that she did not intend to run for the Elysée, Anne Hidalgo now poses the themes of a debate on the left and observes, with her close guard, the reactions. “For the moment, she is playing her full part by the 2022 deadline, without taking any particular action”, insists her deputy for Education, Patrick Bloche.
Detail your vision of education
After having attacked the environmentalists, partners of his majority in Paris, on their supposed “problem of relationship to the Republic” and to secularism, the councilor intends to give his vision of the school soon.
In the socialist tradition, “the educational project is always at the heart of the political project”, recalls Patrick Bloche.
The mayor of Paris must therefore focus the curriculum on “new methods that allow children to learn differently”, and plead for a way out of “this idea that the program must absolutely be completed by forgetting the notion of cycle, more flexible”.
The Deputy Director General of Ifop, Frédéric Dabi, is convinced of this: “what can make the difference between left-wing candidates in 2022 is the republican, secular question”. And when the Parisian councilor recalls his republican commitment, she does not speak only to the socialists, but also to the center, analyzes Frédéric. Dabi. “In a perspective of rallying, we must link to an alternative candidacy to Emmanuel Macron the centrists, the left-wing macronists who voted Holland” before supporting LaREM, in 2017.
A strategy that seems to be paying off in surveys: 48% of those polled say they have a “good opinion” of Anne Hidalgo, according to a recent Ifop poll for Paris Match.
“She has seen all the people who matter on the left”
“Among the contenders on the left, or who might think of being a candidate, she is the first,” notes Frédéric Dabi. But beware of hasty conclusions, “popularity does not make the vote otherwise we would have had Jack Lang, Bernard Kouchner or Simone Veil” as presidents, underlines the expert.
In the meantime, the Parisian councilor is treating his peers at the PS. “She has seen all the people who count on the left,” blows someone close to the mayor of Paris. She thus had lunch at the Town Hall with François Hollande, saw Laurent Fabius again, was patched up with the first secretary of the PS, Olivier Faure.
The latter’s strategic inflection has not gone unnoticed: after having mentioned his desire to work with environmentalists this summer, Olivier Faure launched in November substantive work in the PS, thus hoping to support a socialist candidacy.
“There is still a lot of talent on the left”
“Anne Hidalgo enjoys a very good image, I am proud of it,” said Senator Rachid Temal. “In Paris, it shows that it is able to expand beyond the single PS, and this is important because no presidential election is won with his camp”. But “we must not mix speed and haste. We must leave to Anne Hidalgo and the others their schedule”.
In fact, the party is for the moment very far from putting itself at the service of a preparation of the candidacy of Anne Hidalgo. The executives congratulate themselves on its political stature, its green color, inaccessible to other party leaders.
But the PS still has several historical figures. The mayor of Alfortville Luc Carvounas thus welcomes the media return of Ségolène Royal, “a strong and independent voice which also embodies a form of popular common sense”.
François Hollande, Bernard Cazeneuve, Arnaud Montebourg are as many other personalities who have maintained themselves sufficiently in the political game to be considered within the PS. “There are still a lot of talent on the left,” said Olivier Faure.
Cyrielle Cabot with AFP BFMTV reporter