Meet 55 Year Old Marie Cau, The First Transgender Mayor To Be Elected in France

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-- (f) at 26-05-2020 12:26PM (1 month ago)

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A trans woman, Marie Cau, has won election in her local commune to become France first openly transgender mayor.

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.

Residents of Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes, a commune of under 600 inhabitants on the Belgian border  voted in municipal elections in March.

They elected all the councillors from the “Deciding Together” list, among them Ms Cau. On Saturday these councillors voted nearly unanimously to make her the new mayor of the town.

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..