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Lamia El Aaraje and Anne Hidalgo, in Paris, March 4, 2024.

If it’s enacted, is the “popular front” attainable in Paris? For the second no. In any case, not in every single place. In the 7e constituency (which incorporates a part of Paris Center, XIe and XIIe arrondissements), it is extremely complicated and symptomatic of tensions on the left. In a tweet posted Wednesday June 12, Clément Beaune, outgoing Renaissance MP and candidate for re-election on this constituency, summarizes the scenario in his personal method: “Anne Hidalgo's management of Paris is so exemplary that two elected officials from her team are vying for a place against me in the legislative elections. » In 2022, the former minister of transport was narrowly elected (50.73% of the vote) against a candidate from La France insoumise (LFI).

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Indeed, whereas the staffs of the left events are negotiating the popular Front » for the early legislative elections of June 30 and July 7, Emmanuel Grégoire and Lamia El Aaraje, both members of the Socialist Party (PS), have, a few hours apart, announced their candidacy in the same constituency which should, this times, fall to the PS.

Emmanuel Grégoire is Anne Hidalgo's first deputy and a declared candidate for her succession in 2026. In the legislative elections, he wants to run under the banner of popular Front » because “faced with the danger of a far-right government, a start is imperative”, he believes, in a press launch. He advantages from the implicit assist of Olivier Faure, first secretary of the PS.

Particularly tense relationships

For her half, Lamia El Aaraje, deputy mayor of Paris accountable for common accessibility and folks with disabilities, advantages from the implicit assist of Anne Hidalgo, to whom she could be very shut. Also putative candidate for mayor of Paris, and by no means favorable, like Mme Hidalgo, in an alliance with LFI, despatched a message to the members of the federal workplace of the PS: “I decided to be a candidate in the heart of Paris against Clément Beaune and those who caused chaos in the country. I therefore take my responsibilities (…) to lead this decisive campaign. »

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Elected on the 20the district, Mme El Aaraje is the former member of the 15e constituency of the capital where she was beaten, as a dissident socialist from Nupes, by the Insoumise Danielle Simonnet during the 2022 legislative elections. This duel between two eminent members of the Parisian executive is also a resurgence of the opposition between Anne Hidalgo and Olivier Faure, which has its origins in the last presidential campaign (1.75% for Anne Hidalgo). Always camped on opposing lines, Olivier Faure wants popular front” whereas Anne Hidalgo nonetheless loathes rebellious populism.

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