Anne Hidalgo, December 14 in Paris. GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS
In other times, the government would probably not have taken up its criticisms, or would have brushed aside them with a wave of the hand. Now that Anne Hidalgo no longer hides her ambitions for the presidential election, the situation has changed. Macronists take this political opponent very seriously. As proof, the muscular exchanges triggered by the sharp remarks of the mayor of Paris, Sunday January 10, on the management of the epidemic by the State.
In quick succession, three key ministers in the Castex government called her “Professional polemic”, bad manager and “Liar”. A foretaste, no doubt, of what awaits the socialist if she persists in considering appearing at the Elysee Palace.
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Not enough, however, to change his state of mind. From week to week, the mayor advances in her reflection for a Social Democratic candidacy in 2022. The next expected step, the creation of a structure called “Ideas in common”, to feed a future program, as well as the found The Parisian.
“We do not abdicate the honor of being a target”, comments Emmanuel Grégoire, Anne Hidalgo’s first assistant, quoting Cyrano de Bergerac. “What is curious, he adds, it is the government’s selective indignation. He does not react when the great right-wing elected officials like Xavier Bertrand or Laurent Wauquiez criticize his management of the crisis, probably because of ideological proximity and a strategic approach of 2022. When it is Anne Hidalgo, on the other hand , the ministers go there with red balls… ”
Olivier Véran was the first to shoot. Sur Europe 1, on Sunday, the Minister of Health ranked Anne Hidalgo among the “Controversial professionals”, after publication in the Sunday newspaper of an interview in which the mayor of Paris criticized the “Ignition delay” vaccination campaign, and weaknesses in logistics. « AWith such shortcomings, the Landing of June 1944 would have failed ”, lashed the elected socialist.
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“If the D-Day landings had been managed as Anne Hidalgo managed the Vélib ‘, the boats would never have left America”, replied in turn Gabriel Attal, the government spokesman, Monday on Europe 1. “I am quite surprised to hear lessons in logistics from an elected official who did not know how to manage the Vélib ‘, who did not know how to manage the Autolib’, who showed that, logistics, it knew how to transform gold into lead, even though there are more civil servants in the City of Paris than in the European Commission ”, he insisted. During the municipal campaign, La République en Marche (LRM) had already highlighted the city’s past fiasco in terms of bicycle sharing, and the abrupt end of its electric car rental service. The increase in municipal staff has also been the subject of recurring criticism from the opposition, in particular from the Les Républicains (LR) party.
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