|First Deputy mayor of Paris|
18 March 2001
|Preceded by||Jacques Dominati|
19 June 1959 |
San Fernando, Spain
|Political party||Socialist Party|
Anne Hidalgo (born 19 June 1959) is a Spanish-born French politician. She has been a member of the Socialist Party (PS) since 1994. The former national secretary for culture and media, after having been responsible for providing training, she is currently the first deputy mayor of Paris, under Bertrand Delanoë (since March 2001). She was elected in 2001 for the XVe arrondissement and ran in the French municipal elections, 2008. She is a candidate for Mayor of Paris in the March 2014 municipal elections.
Personal life and career
She was born in in San Fernando, near Cadiz, in Andalusia, Spain. Her paternal grandfather was a Spanish Socialist who became a refugee in France after the end of the Spanish Civil War along with his wife and his four children. However, her grandparents returned to Spain some time later. Her grandmother died in the return trip and her grandfather was sentenced to death penalty, although the sentence was eventually commuted to a life sentence. Thus, Hidalgo's father was raised by his maternal grandparents. In the late 1950s, he married and had two daughters, Ana (Anne) and María (Marie). However, due to the difficult economic landscape of Spain in these years, Hidalgo's parents migrated, this time as economic immigrants, to France. They settled in Lyon in 1961, with their two daughters.
She grew up in Vaise, Lyon, and spoke in Spanish with her parents and in French with her sister. Her parents are now back in Spain while her older sister, Marie, manages a company in Los Angeles, California.
Hidalgo has a degree in Social Work and a DEA of social and trade union. She is divorced and remarried, and the mother of three children.
She retired in July 2011, aged 52.
- 1984-1993: Inspection du travail
- 1993-1995: Delegation to the professional training, Department of Labour
- 1995-1996: Mission to the International Labor Office in Geneva
- 1996-1997: Officer with the Human Resources Director of the Compagnie Générale des Eaux (then Vivendi and Vivendi Universal)
Hidalgo worked in three cabinets under the Jospin Government :
- From 1997 to 1998: as adviser to the cabinet of Martine Aubry, Minister of Employment and Solidarity
- From 1998 to 2000: as technical adviser then consultant at the cabinet of Nicole Pery, Secretary of State for Women's Rights and Vocational Training
- From November 2000 to May 2002: as a technical adviser (and officer) at the cabinet of Marylise Lebranchu, Minister of Justice (responsible for social relations and status of officials)
In March 2001, at the municipal elections, she led the list of the Socialist Party (PS) in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, which won 26.5% of votes in the first round then was at the second round behind the list gathered around Édouard Balladur and Mayor René Galy-Dejean. She joined the Conseil de Paris and became the first deputy mayor of Paris.
In June 2002, she was a candidate in the parliamentary elections in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, gathering 29.6% of votes in the first round, while Balladur won 54.2% and was elected.
As part of the internal campaign for the nomination of the Socialist candidate in 2006, she expressed a close connection with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, while remaining close to Lionel Jospin and Bertrand Delanoë. With other female leaders of the Socialist Party, she criticized the "peoplelisation" of politics, which was a reference to the candidacy of Ségolène Royal.
In June 2007, she was a candidate at the legislative elections in the 13th arrondissement of Paris and had in the first round 28.2%, against 36.6% for the UMP candidate Jean-François Lamour, and was beaten on the second round with 56.7% for Lamour.
On 21 December 2005, in the debates on DADVSI, she took a public stand against the amendments of the Socialist Group introducing the "global licence" to download online material. On 26 December, she signed with the Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for Culture, Christophe Girard, a view in the newspaper Le Monde in which she defended her position on behalf of cultural diversity which would be threatened by the "global license". She was in fact defending the interests of Vivendi Universal, the music and film major which employed her a few years earlier.
On 3 January 2006, she presented with François Adibi and culture section of the Socialist Party a report and new recommendations. "for a fair solution", rejecting both the DRM (Digital Rights Management) that the "global license". She was later disavowed by the leadership of the PS which chose to defend at the National Assembly the global license advocated by Patrick Bloche (Paris), Didier Mathus (Saône-et-Loire) and Christian Paul (Nièvre).
In 2005, Hidalgo took a stand in the debate on cults in France, becoming the president of a committee of vigilance against the cults at the Mairie de Paris. She was especially opposed to the Church of Scientology and New Acropolis and participated in a demonstration in front of the Scientology's premises. At that time, a map of the cults in Paris, established by the Mairie de Paris and promoted by Anne Hidalgo, was controversial and Hidalgo had to submit a complaint against X for the diffusion on the Internet of a leaflet signed by a "committee to support Anne Hidalgo" which requested to denounce "non-compliant behaviors". Anne Hidalgo denies any link with the supposed support committee. However, her complaint was dismissed.
On 13 July 2010, Anne Hidalgo was awarded Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic, the equivalent of the Legion of Honor in Spain. These badges were handed after a proposal from the Spanish Government and the decision of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, the Spanish ambassador to France who then pointed out that "this award is a recognition of Spanish immigration in France through Anne Hidalgo, who represents for us an exemplary model of successful integration."
- Une femme dans l'arène, published in June 2006, Le Rocher editions, co-written with Jean-Bernard Senon, preface by Bertrand Delanoë ISBN 2268059618
- Travail au bord de la crise de nerfs, published in October, 2010, co-written with Jean-Bernard Senon ISBN 2081245221
- (French) "La nouvelle vie d’Anne Hidalgo". Le Parisien. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- Una gaditana en la alcaldía de París (in Spanish). El País. 1 April 2001. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- Anne Hidalgo, 53 ans, retraitée depuis juillet 2011, Atlantico, 9 avril 2013.
- (French) Anne Hidalgo and Christophe Girard (2005-12-27). "Coup dur pour la création". Le Monde. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- (French) "Il faut en finir avec la secte de la Scientologie". Anne Hidalgo. Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- (French) "Manifestation contre la Scientologie". Nouvel Observateur, 11 October 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- (French) "Sectes à Paris : protestation de la Scientologie et de Nouvelle Acropole". Sectes-infos. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- (French) "Anne Hidalgo déboutée par la 17ème Chambre correctionnelle". Coordiap. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- "Décorée de l’équivalent de la Légion d’Honneur en Espagne" (in French). Anne Hidalgo. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Anne Hidalgo décorée par le roi d'Espagne" (in French). Le Parisien. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2009-07-23 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.
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