Paris mayor says French sudden election ahead of Olympics is really concerning

(MENAFN) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has described the decision to hold a snap parliamentary election just weeks before the Paris Olympic Games as "extremely troubling." Announced by French President Emmanuel macron on Sunday, the move left Hidalgo in shock, as she revealed during a visit to a Paris school on Monday.

Hidalgo acknowledged Macron's need to call for the election following the poor performance of his party in the European Union Parliament election. While she understood that Macron "could not continue" without addressing the issue, she found the timing—so close to the Olympics—deeply concerning.

Despite her concerns, Hidalgo sought to reassure the public that the upcoming election would not disrupt the Games, noting that preparations were nearly complete. She emphasized that Paris was ready to welcome the world with joy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Similarly, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach expressed confidence that the election would not interfere with the event. He referred to the election as a democratic process that would not disturb the Games, asserting that France is accustomed to conducting elections and would handle this one smoothly.



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