Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist mayor of Paris, has blamed the French left’s weakness on President François Hollande’s bad policies and called the past five years “a huge waste,” in an interview with Le Monde published Thursday.
Last month, the mayor threw her support for the French presidency behind former education minister and MEP Vincent Peillon. Speaking to Le Monde, Hildago said the Socialist Party member “elevated the debate” and represented “an expression of social democracy” that could reconcile the flailing left and take it into the second round.
Social democracy, she said, is “under threat” as a result of the bad policies and “ignorance” of France’s ruling politicians.
“There are three people responsible for this huge waste: Hollande, [Economy Minister Emmanuel] Macron and [Prime Minister Manuel] Valls,” Hildago told Le Monde.
“They have led us into a state of total confusion,” she added. ” I blame them for that.”
Presidential primaries are set to be held January 22 and 29, ahead of elections in April-May. Seven candidates are currently in the running, including Valls, who is seen as the leading contender to win his party’s nomination.
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