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In Paris, the anti-Hidalgo move from social networks to the classic demonstration


They came as a couple, from Levallois (Hauts-de-Seine), to say that they can no longer take it. Enough to ? Traffic jams, speed limits. “Before, I joined the 17e rounding off without any problem with my little Fiat, tells Mme Haughty, 67 years old. Now that is no longer possible. The streets are blocked. And the 30 kilometers per hour, I tried, it does not work. So I have to come on foot. ” Her husband nods: “Besides, the streets are disgustingly filthy. “

On the forecourt of the town hall of Paris, this Sunday, October 10, everyone came with their reason for discontent. [Anne] Hidalgo destroys the pretty street furniture ”, gets angry Bernard B., 72 years old. “With it, the debt reaches 3,478 euros per person, or 3,488, I don’t remember”, recite Mme Small. “Me, it is the slaughter of the wisteria of Montmartre, in March, which really made me angry”, remembers Sandra. Others criticize the crack, the mattresses on the sidewalks, the ugly and dangerous plots which delimit the cycle paths, the temporary urbanism which lasts… But when the slogan bursts “Hidalgo resignation”, all take it up in unison. “It is the convergence of struggles! “, laughs one of the elected Republicans (LR) who came to support the demonstration.

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The Parisians most upset against the mayor of the capital Anne Hidalgo have long plagued separately. In the spring, social networks brought together various discontent. First, on Twitter and Facebook. Now “IRL” (“In real life”), in real life. Several hundred demonstrators, often quite old, thus attacked, on Sunday, the elected Socialist, accused of “Sacking Paris”.

“Staged ad nauseam”

“Since I was born, I have never seen Paris in such a degraded state, says Nathalie, a 43-year-old sales assistant, former voter of Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, right-wing candidate for mayor of Paris in 2014. I was telling my friends about it. On Twitter, I saw that many others shared this opinion, and that we could challenge elected officials. Today is my second event with #SaccageParis. ”

Paris City Hall takes these attacks seriously. Even if the movement is not a tidal wave, it stains, while Anne Hidalgo wants to rely on her Parisian record to lead her difficult presidential campaign. “We are not unaware of the problems denounced by #SaccageParis, assures Emmanuel Grégoire, the first deputy. But this ad nauseam staging of exceptional situations seems excessive to us. ”

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