Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NKM Conquers Paris

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, with 58% of the vote, easily won the UMP primary to become candidate for the Paris mayoralty. She was aided by national name recognition and the support of Bernard Debré, to whom she has family ties. She also overcame opposition by anti-gay marriage activists in the party, who called for a vote against her.

NKM is a rising star in the UMP and a presidential hopeful. Her performance in the mayoral elections will therefore be a harbinger of things to come. She will face Socialist Anne Hidalgo in March 2014.

Large Families Live in the North

If you  want to brush up on your French demographics, read this piece in Rue89, which includes the following map:

This patter has deep roots in French history, as another map in the same article suggests: