White, ageing and male: the profile of a typical French mayor

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Town hall seeks man, white, preferably with a lengthy CV of his election history. Despite the stated objectives of both major political parties in France, that remains the typical mayoral candidate who will be standing at France's local elections that take place over two rounds, beginning on Sunday, 23rd March. An examination by Mediapart of the lists of candidates put forward by the ruling Socialist Party and the main opposition party the UMP in large towns - those with populations of more than 30,000 – shows that attempts to feminise the face of local politics still have a long way to go.