French political elite covet Paris mayor's office

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Although current mayor Bertrand Delanoë is not due to leave office for another year, the race to fill the coveted seat is already in full swing.

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The mayor’s seat in Paris is a highly coveted position. Seen as a springboard to the presidency, it is considered one of the most powerful offices in France. Despite the fact municipal elections aren’t until 2014, the country is awash with speculation about who will replace current Mayor Bertrand Delanoë when his term expires next year, reports France 24.