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Paris Elects First Female Mayor

Former Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe and his newly-elected successor Anne Hidalgo celebrate her victory at City Hall Plaza on March 30, 2014 in Paris.
Former Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe and his newly-elected successor Anne Hidalgo celebrate her victory at City Hall Plaza on March 30, 2014 in Paris. Benoit Tessier—Reuters

Anne Hidalgo, a deputy mayor, topped the conservative candidate to become the French capital's first female mayor. It's a rare victory on a humbling day for President François Hollande's Socialist Party

Paris has its first-ever female mayor after its current deputy mayor was elected to the city’s top job on Sunday.

Anne Hidalgo of the Socialist Party beat the conservative candidate, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, in France’s municipal elections on Sunday, local media reported based on election results from the Interior Ministry. Hidalgo currently works as a deputy to the outgoing mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, who has been in office for 13 years. Hidalgo’s victory in the French capital was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise devastating elections for the Socialist government headed by President François Hollande.

“This vote is a defeat for the government and the [Socialist] majority,” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, as reported by the Associated Press. Hinting at a Cabinet reshuffle, Ayrault added, “This message is clear … the President will draw conclusions, and he will do so in the interest of France.”

Election turnout hit a historical low of 63.7%, according to the French Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

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