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“The fight for social inclusion is one of the great causes of the city of Paris agenda. Joining the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative will help us strengthen our action and build a more humane and cohesive city.”

– Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Chair of the OECD Champion Mayors


Since March 2014 Anne Hidalgo is the first female Mayor of Paris. Mayor Hidalgo has consistently championed inclusive growth in Paris, and since taking office, has made housing, sustainable economic development, and air quality the focal points of her vision for Paris, as she sees them as the keys to greater social equality. Anne Hidalgo believes that all the city’s 20 “arrondissements” must be involved to tackle current issues such as the informal economy, homelessness and refugees. She serves as the Chair of the OECD Champion Mayors.

How is the
Mayor promoting
Inclusive Growth ?
Reinventing Paris and the River Seine An international competition seeking new ideas for urban development

In 2014, Mayor Hidalgo launched Reinventing Paris, an international competition inviting proposals for “innovative urban projects” to redevelop 23 sites across the French capital, with an eye towards addressing the effects of growing populations, global warming, and worsening inequality. In 2016, the 23 winning projects were announced, and construction will start in 2017. As a result of the competition, 1,341 new homes will be built by 2020, almost half of which will be social housing. The initiative demonstrates that social housing requirements do not necessarily discourage the private sector from investing in new developments. Reinventing Paris has proved so successful that Mayor Hidalgo has initiated a new competition to Reinvent the River Seine – spanning from Paris to the former industrial cities of Rouen and Le Havre in northern France.

An Ambitious Housing Plan – The Right of First Refusal Keeping the central neighbourhoods of Paris from becoming ‘ghettos for the rich

The right of first refusal policy was initially developed in 2001 to tackle the lack of affordable housing in Paris. It gives the municipality a right to pre-emptively purchase buildings. In 2014, Mayor Hidalgo launched a comprehensive housing plan, which will see 10,000 new apartments built every year, 70% of them consisting of subsidized housing and considerably strengthening the right of first refusal. An extension of the right of first refusal works as follows:

– When apartments at any of the roughly 250 addresses come up for sale, they must by law be first offered to the city. The apartment should still be sold at the market price —but the price offered would nonetheless be decided by the city. If the landlord doesn’t like what’s offered, he or she can appeal to the courts to have it re-priced, or can withdraw the property from the market.

– The landlord cannot sell the apartment to someone else without the city having bowed out first.

– This plan is largely being rolled out in formerly working-class neighbourhoods in northern and eastern Paris -Ménilmontant, the slopes north of Montmartre, the eastern end of the Bastille – where lower-income residents are being displaced.

The idea is to provide the city of Paris with a tool to fight social segregation. According to Mayor Hidalgo’s aide Ian Brossat, the initiative is about “Choosing diversity and solidarity over exclusion, social determinism and the centrifugal logic of the market. It also aims to reduce inequalities between the east and the west of Paris in particular, developing social supply where it is insufficient.”
More information: The Paris Housing Plan