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Parisians set to get their first ever female mayor

Published on Mar 19, 2014 10:22 AM
Paris mayoral candidates Anne Hidalgo (left), Paris deputy mayor and Socialist Party member and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (right), conservative UMP political party member at the LCI studios in Boulogne-Billancourt before taking part in a televised debate on Jan 29, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

PARIS - It's a battle that is guaranteed to make history.

A fiery, "killer" former minister and the left-wing daughter of Spanish immigrants are vying to become the first female mayor of Paris.

The two women have for months been engaged in a fierce duel to try and persuade Parisians voting in municipal elections on March 23 and 30 to trust them with one of the most high-profile roles in French politics: one widely seen as a potential stepping stone to higher office.

In the right corner, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a redhead, 40-year-old mother-of-two and self-declared political "killer" who graduated from the elite Ecole Polytechnique university.

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