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Paris gets first female mayor as concierge bites back

Published on Mar 31, 2014 10:17 AM
Ms Anne Hidalgo, current Paris city deputy mayor and Socialist Party candidate in the mayoral election, gives the V sign outside Paris town hall after her victory in the second round in the French mayoral elections in Paris on March 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

PARIS (AFP) - It was a victory to savour.

As she bid to become the first female mayor of Paris, Spanish-born Socialist Anne Hidalgo had to endure taunts from her opponents about her modest origins and lack of Parisian roots.

But in the end, voters in the French capital brushed such snobbery aside and defied the national trend by electing the 54-year-old by a convincing margin.

Ms Hidalgo had been expected to be run extremely close by her centre-right rival, glamorous former minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, on a night when the Socialists took a beating from voters across the country because of the unpopularity of President Francois Hollande's government.

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