Saturday, March 22, 2014

Times on the Paris Mayoral Race

Interesting to see the Paris mayoral race getting such extensive coverage in The New York Times. I hadn't seen this exchange before. It suggests that NKM's staff is more than bit politically tone-deaf:
Early in the campaign, a member of Ms. Kosciusko-Morizet’s team was quoted as saying the race was between “a star and a concierge.”

Ms. Hidalgo retorted, “Being mayor of Paris is to love the concierges and the stars, because I know that the concierges are the stars of our daily life.”


Patricia Wells said...

"The two leading candidates are Anne Hidalgo, 54, and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 40: both women, both with ambitious plans for Paris, both with government experience, and both willing to fight for a job that has often been a steppingstone to higher office."

Often? Well, it did happen once.

bernard said...

Mayor of Neuilly has also often been a steppingstone to higher office, at least as often as Paris. Perhaps NKM should have considered Neuilly.

Louis said...

I wonder how many concierges there still are in Paris. Politicians should switch to cornershop owners as the obscure obsjects of their political desire - this is where the power is.

Mary Campbell Gallagher said...

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is an engineer by training and indeed a keen intelligence. But her most remarkable contribution to Paris, should she be elected, will be to save Paris from the current administration's plans to build skyscrapers within the city's gates. For that, as she says, we have La Defense. If there is such a thing as a tin eye, then the current mayor and his adjunct for urbanism, Anne Hidalgo, certainly have one. Their plans to blight this beautiful city in the name of increased tax revenue are shocking. The New York Times does not appear to have dug very deep.