Agence France Presse reports that Anne Hidalgo, a Socialist who immigrated to France as a child, has been elected the first female mayor of Paris.
The news agency noted that she won by an “unexpectedly comfortable” margin on a day when her party was routed in municipal elections around the country, which is being attributed to the unpopularity of Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Hidalgo, 54, is currently deputy mayor of the French capital. She reportedly won 54.5 percent of the vote to defeat Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 40, a center-right politician, who served in the government of former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Félicitations, Madame le Maire.
Read more about the historic mayoral race here.