France elects first transgender mayor

Marie Cau has made history as the first trans person to be elected as Mayor in France. 

 

The business manager with a background in agricultural and sustainability was unanimously voted in as mayor by the council of Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes, in northeastern France on Saturday May 23. 

 

 France elects first transgender mayor

 

Commenting on winning the election, Ms Cau said she is “not an activist” but just wants to focus on municipal politics.

 

The 55-year-old who ran on a platform of ecological sustainability and building the local economy, said; 

 

“People didn’t vote for me because I was or wasn’t transgender. They voted for a programme and for values. The social bond has disappeared. The inhabitants wanted change..

“[I have a] blank sheet, an almost non-existent budget, a school that hasn’t been reopened yet and many other coronavirus-related challenges.”

 

 France elects first transgender mayor

 

Her election was welcomed by France’s gender equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, who tweeted:

 

“Trans visibility, and the fight against transphobia, also depends on exercising political and public responsibilities. Congratulations Marie Cau!”

 

 France elects first transgender mayor

 

 

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