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Interview of the Day: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo

by Bill Hayes

In “My absolute priority is housing” for the Los Angeles Times interviews the first female mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

You took French nationality when you were 14. Do you now feel Spanish or French?

I feel European. I grew up in France, but at home we spoke Spanish to our parents and were raised with Spanish culture, dance, literature, music, all of which I treasure. I go back to Spain often…. The mix of these two can only be positive because the influences bring something new. My success is a little bit like a French version of the American dream. I think of France as a country that has allowed me to integrate, and this is an example for the world. This is the French republican model. [more]