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for Anne Hidalgo, a first large-scale meeting to launch her campaign

Even if he does not want to say his name, it was indeed the first major meeting that took place, in Lille, Saturday, October 23, for Anne Hidalgo. And the Socialist Party (PS) candidate had, perhaps for the first time, real presidential accents: “Our Republic is coming undone when the inequalities of wealth and heritage explode. Our Republic is breaking up when it can no longer promise a better future for its children. It no longer convinces when, faced with climate change caused by human action, it only offers inaction or disdain. The environmental crisis is here, we are there, and nothing is being done. “

In the city’s Grand Palais, flags waved frantically in a packed room, enthusiasm reigned among the more than 1,500 elected officials, sympathizers and socialist activists gathered, including a distinguished hostess, the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, a guest of weight, former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, and, of course, their star of the day and the six months to come, Anne Hidalgo. All it took to mark the occasion, the spirits, and truly inaugurate his campaign by trying to reverse a fairly negative trend since the announcement of his candidacy, in Rouen, on September 12.

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Before evoking his support for Anne Hidalgo, Martine Aubry spoke a lot about Emmanuel Macron, to position the stakes on the highest possible heights. “We open the page to close Macron’s five years. He left a weakened and divided France. (…) At the moment, we are giving billions that we do not have. Six months before the election. (…) Thirty billion for France. While he has not done anything for five years. Who are we laughing at ? This president who advocates this “happy globalization” which has only made the richest happy… ” Lionel Jospin’s former labor minister paid tribute to the candidate who embodies “A responsible left which does not cry with the wolves”, quoting François Mitterrand: ““ Knowing how to keep the neck stiff when you know that what you are doing is right. ” Support only counts if it is full and complete. Let us throw all our strength into the battle. “

for Anne Hidalgo, a first large-scale meeting to launch her campaign

A unifying theme: rebuilding the Republic

Just before this national investiture convention, Pascal Guislain, resident of Vimy, near Lille, inserted in the PS since the age of 18, still doubted. He came to listen “What are the strong ideas of Anne Hidalgo”. In 2012, he had been a little scalded, despite his long socialist career, “Because François Hollande had ideas about the world of finance. But we have the impression that he had left these ideas at the Paris Air Show. And today we find ourselves in a situation in which labor law is no longer respected and above there are people who do what they want ”. But he will not go to Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s “rebellious” – “Should not be exaggerated, therefore, we will see”.

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