— Published 1 June 2022

Anne Hidalgo heckled at Paris Council

Predictable. For her first Paris Council since her crushing defeat in the presidential election, Anne Hidalgo was attacked on Tuesday 31 May by opposition councillors over her management of the Olympic and Paralympic file. L’Equipe reports that a referral was made by Rudolph Granier, councillor for Paris (18th arrondissement) and member of the “Changer Paris” group (Republicans, Centrists and Independents). She mentioned in particular the delays in deliveries, the changes in the location of sites and the management of building sites. The opposition members reaffirmed their support for the Paris 2024 Games, “but not in any way or at any price“. Rudolph Granier explained this on Tuesday during the spring session of the Paris Council: “We are calling for transparent, well-managed, clean Games for Parisians, whose legacy will benefit them for many years to come.” Among the demands made was the creation of an ad hoc commission representing elected officials. Its mission would be to study the files relating to the Games before Anne Hidalgo signs them. The opposition also wants contracts that give rise to debate to be submitted to the Paris Council for deliberation. Unsurprisingly, the request was refused by the assembly after a vote. However, Rudolph Granier announced his decision to refer the matter to the Inspectorate General of the City of Paris (IGVP) for an audit of the management of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the same day of the Paris Council session, Anne Hidalgo was also attacked by Rachida Dati, the Les Républicains mayor of the 7th arrondissement. The reason: her planned absence on Wednesday 1 June, for a session of topical questions. Anne Hidalgo is due to travel to Madrid, where she has been invited by the IOC to visit a foundation for refugee athletes with Thomas Bach. “Yes, Paris bores you. Yes, Parisians bore you. Your presence is as anecdotal as your score in the presidential election, 1.7%,” Rachida Dati blasted.