Anne Hidalgo is a French politician who has served as the Mayor of Paris since 2014. Born on June 19, 1959, in San Fernando, Spain, she became a French citizen in 2003. Anne Hidalgo is affiliated with the Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste) in France.
Anne Hidalgo was elected as the Mayor of Paris in March 2014, succeeding Bertrand Delanoë. She was re-elected for a second term in 2020. Before becoming mayor, Hidalgo held various political positions, including serving as the First Deputy Mayor of Paris under Bertrand Delanoë.
Anne Hidalgo is known for her efforts to address environmental issues and make Paris a more sustainable and pedestrian-friendly city. She has implemented policies to reduce air pollution, promote cycling, and create more green spaces. Hidalgo has a background in law and urban planning. Before entering politics, she worked in the public sector and was involved in urban development and housing. Anne Hidalgo was born to Spanish parents and moved to France in the 1960s. She became a French citizen in 2003. She is married and has three children.
Hidalgo previously served as the First Deputy Mayor of Paris under Mayor Bertrand Delanoë from 2001 to 2014. She held the title of Councillor of Paris since the 2001 municipal election. Hidalgo was elected to the mayoralty in 2014 after Delanoë announced he would not seek a third term. Her first term as Mayor of Paris was marked by significant events, including the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting and the November 2015 Paris attacks, including the Bataclan theatre massacre, which she witnessed firsthand. Unfortunately, her popularity declined due to alleged mismanagement, leading to polls indicating a majority of voters did not support her for a second term in 2020. First Deputy Mayor Bruno Julliard resigned in 2018, criticizing Hidalgo’s style of governance. In April 2019, she oversaw disaster recovery efforts for the Notre-Dame de Paris fire. Despite a record low voter turnout during the COVID-19 pandemic, she was reelected, although she failed to secure an absolute majority of the vote.
In her second term as Mayor of Paris, Hidalgo has overseen the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, implementing measures such as nightly curfews, the closure of non-essential shops, and the introduction of 50 kilometers (31 mi) of pop-up cycle lanes known as “coronapistes” to ease pressure on public transport. By January 2021, some of Hidalgo’s policies gained international attention, including her proposal to remove over half of Paris’s car parking spaces and transform the Champs-Élysées into a “fantastic garden.”
On 12 September 2021, Hidalgo announced her candidacy in the 2022 presidential election, despite her pledge in 2020 to serve a full second term as Mayor of Paris. In the election, she came tenth out of twelve candidates, receiving 1.75% of the vote, marking the lowest result for a Socialist candidate in a French presidential election in history.