Keyword: Mayor

Paris mayor out of step with President Hollande over 2024 Olympics bid

Anne Hidalgo tells president to hold his horses after François Hollande backed the idea during prime-time live TV interview.

Former PM Alain Juppé's star rises amid French leadership void

Despite a criminal conviction and failures as a prime minister, polls show Bordeaux mayor is country's most respected politician in office.

French court lifts mayor’s ban on Muslim hijab at beach

Court acts after two mothers wearing Muslim headscarves were refused access by mayor to inland beach south of Paris.

Paris flower market renamed in British Queen's honour

Ceremony to rename place she visited during her first trip to Paris in 1948 as a princess brings to end monarch's three-day visit to France.

French tycoon Dassault investigated for vote-rigging

The former mayor is being probed over vote buying, complicity in illegal election campaign financing and exceeding campaign spending limits.

The Reporters Without Borders founder now a mayor with the French far-right

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Robert Ménard, co-founder of the renowned NGO Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières), which has mounted a fierce global campaign over almost a quarter of a century to promote freedom of expression and to defend journalists from persecution, was last weekend elected mayor of Béziers, a large town in southern France. But Ménard’s political ascension has proved to be a severe embarrassment for the NGO, for he was elected with the full backing of France’s far-right Front National party. With the help of Ménard’s former colleagues, Marine Turchi traces the bizarre path of the admired and reviled maverick activist whose early political affiliation was with a French Trotskyist party.  


Odds against conservative challenger as Paris vote looms

Former environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet trails in polls to socialist rival Anne Hidalgo in battle to be mayor of French capital.

Gloves off as Paris pollution dirties city’s mayoral debate

Candidates to become the next mayor of the French capital have seized on row over pollution to try to score points over opponents.

Faith, politics clash over Muslim-run women's gym in France

Th gym is owned by a French Muslim couple who say their religion and appearance are the reasons the local mayor wants to shut them down.

Gay couple sue French mayor over marriage refusal

The 60-year-old mayor from south-west France, who faces up to five years in prison, said he would rather serve jail time than marry two men.

Fiery centrist to take on Socialist for Paris mayor

The opposition UMP have chosen tough-talking moderate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet as their candidate in the Paris mayoral election in 2014.

French revolution: why is an all-female race for mayor so unusual?

For the first time, the battle to be the next mayor of Paris is shaping up to be an exclusively female affair, with four women candidates due to stand.

Former Paris mayor and wife found guilty of vote-rigging

Jean Tiberi, 78, who was mayor from 1995 to 2001, was given a fine and suspended jail term after being found guilty in a long-running case.

French political elite covet Paris mayor's office

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.