Bertrand Delanoe

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    ... palm trees, lounge chairs and free family activities return along the Seine river from July 21 to August 20 with Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe launching the ...
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    ... Wednesday. "I don't think we are going on holiday this year.". the fun as Mayor Bertrand Delanoe opened 2004's version of "Paris Plage". ...
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    ... and 5-7 pm will be offset by a price reduction during the daytime off-peak hours, according to the scheme drawn up by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and approved ...
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    ... have four weeks of pleasure, of relaxation, and it's all free," Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, the attraction's creator, said as he opened the attraction to the ...
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    ... The scheme is the idea of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe. “Thousands of people who can’t leave on holiday can enjoy four weeks ...

Bertrand Delanoë (born May 30, 1950) is a French Socialist politician, currently the Mayor of Paris.

Born in Tunis, Tunisia, Delanoë moved to France with his family when he was a teenager.

He has been involved in politics since the age of 23 as the secretary of the Socialist federation in Aveyron.

He was first elected to the Paris city council in 1977.

In 1993, he became the head of the city's Socialist Party.

In 1995, he was elected to the Senate, where he was secretary of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense.

Delanoë has been the mayor of Paris since March 18, 2001, following Jacques Chirac's quarter-century mayorship, and Jean Tiberi.

The left-wing alliance was back at the head of the city council for the first time since the 1871 Paris Commune.

He is now focusing on political openness and fiscal responsibility.

Delanoë is also very famous for being the first major French politician to announce that he was gay, during a 1999 television interview (before being elected mayor).

While not taking an active part in the gay and lesbian community, Delanoë wants to make a difference, especially in ending discrimination in municipal subsidies to civic groups.

Delanoë won the mayorship of Paris over the right-wing candidates Jean Tibéri and Philippe Séguin, who were unable to resolve their differences, and with the help of the French Green Party.

Since becoming mayor, his goals have been to improve the quality of life, reduce pollution, and cut down on traffic jams within the city (including a plan for a non-polluting tramway to ease Parisian traffic) and pedestrian malls.

Delanoë was virtually unknown before the election; he has since then has become a rather popular mayor, organising new and unusual events in Paris, such as giant beach for picnics on the banks of the Seine River in summer 2002.

He was stabbed on October 5, 2002 during the Nuits Blanches, a night of festivities in Paris. His assailant, Azedine Berkane, was reported to have told police that "he did not like politicians and in particular did not like homosexuals".

Delanoë's wound was reported not to be life-threatening and he left the hospital after about two weeks.

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