French politics

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the woman who dreams of being the next mayor of Paris


Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, former minister for Ecology of Nicolas Sarkozy, candidate as mayor of Paris

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet recently officialised her candidacy to be mayor of Paris. The former minister of Ecology, 39, is running and challenges Anne Hidalgo, current first deputy of Bertrand Delanoë – the current mayor of the French capital city – and official socialist candidate.

The “NKM”’s candidacy was hugely commented on the Left and on the Right insofar as the Parisian conservatives hope a great success in the perspective of the March 2014 local elections. Indeed, the ex-minister might be backed by the whole UMP local representatives, a subtle way to end up the quarrels of the Parisian right since 2001 and the victory of the socialist Delanoë as mayor of Paris face to Jean Tibéri, the outgoing. Indeed, the NKM’s candidacy is a major asset especially as she did not take position for Jean-François Copé or François Fillon during and after the big clash for the UMP party national leadership and which has an impact in Paris, between Rachida Dati (former minister of Justice, and Copé’s faithful) and François Fillon who recently imagined himself as leader of the Right in Paris. Kosciusko-Morizet as heading list should be the occasion for the UMP to be reunified, embattled and put its quarrels aside, even temporary.

What is more, the Parisian right bets on the national context and the coming dispute within the Progressive majority to have points and re-conquest the French capital city. Contrary to 2001 and 2008 when the Parisian Left was united at the first round, the Front de Gauche (Jean-Luc Mélenchon movement) more and more wishes to lead a independent list, which might complicate the Anne Hidalgo’s objective. Moreover, Cécile Duflot, current Housing minister and ex-Europe Ecologie Les Verts leader, might head a list for her party, and be also independent of the Parti socialiste. Such a situation might favour NKM and the UMP in their strategy to conquest Paris.

"NKM" in 2010 during the France's regional elections

“NKM” in 2010 during the France’s regional elections

Running in Paris, NKM bets on the future in the perspective of the 2017 French presidential election. Her candidacy must be taken in consideration and seriously especially as the ex-minister may seduce the Parisian people living in the XVI° district (one of the most favoured and richest districts of Paris) as people living in the XIII° or the XX° (the most popular and mixed neighbourhoods of the French capital city), thanks to her personality and her relational sense.

Nonetheless, if NKM counts on her way to be likeable to win in 2014, it remains to be seen if the ex-minister is politically solid and has a project for Paris and can make relevant proposals for transportations, housing, social diversity and a probable candidacy for the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games. On this point, her capacity to propose a clear and credible alternative for Paris and the Parisian people may be seriously questioned by her future challengers as Anne Hidalgo who can count on her long presence of Paris and her long experience as deputy-major.


While NKM dreams of being the next mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo is working on her project for the Parisians, counting on her experience and her genuine knowledge of the French capital city and for the first time of the Paris political History, a women duel is taking place and for the first time, a woman will be elected in 2014 as mayor the French capital city, which is a major political event.