The City of Paris budget debates turned into a fight in the municipal council on Tuesday, July 5, with Anne Hidalgo, mayor, going on the offensive against LR Rachida Dati who was critical of her "political inaction".
Rachida Dati "still have not won an election," slipped the elected socialist, giving the opportunity to her main rival, whom she had defeated during her reelection in 2020, and of whom no candidate was elected Member of Parliament during June's legislative elections.
"Always beaten on your name!" Rachida Dati (mayor of the 7th district), said that if you win an election, we will be notified. She believes that the mayor, elected by Parisians in a ballot by each arrondissement, wasn't directly elected. . Anne Hidalgo, the PS candidate in the last presidential election and her first major campaign beyond the capital, won 1.75%.
She replied, "You've been losing since twenty years," referring to the four consecutive municipal failures of Parisian right.
Anne Hidalgo, who was again critical of the State's "not living up to its promises to date", stated that she would "initiate any possible litigation at an administrative level" in order to "assert the rights and Parisians".
Rachida Dati commented that Paris has become a poorer city. She blamed her rival for the 112% increase in capital's debt which she claimed reached 10 billion euros. David Alphand, an elected LR called for a "City Debt Reduction Strategy".
Critiquing the "expensive street furniture” of the Place du Pantheon (DVD), Florence Berthout, mayor of the 5th district, asked the majority of the left to "put a stop to expensive projects", in particular the one involving the Trocadero's redevelopment and the Eiffel tower.
Pierre Casanova (Modem), proposed to Anne Hidalgo "special Council sessions devoted a the establishment of a Budgetary Policy", believing that Anne Hidalgo didn't have enough political weight to take such measures alone.
Fatoumata Kone (EELV), called for a "rapid, significant shift in City's budgetary decisions" to support the ecological transition. Nicolas Bonnet-Oulaldj, PCF, proposed raising the tourist tax on luxury hotels and the housing tax for second homes. This would need a legislative amendment.
He will present his September report on new tax resources that communities can access.