“Paris gives opportunities to everyone, including my father, who was a house painter, and my mother, a housewife,” Mahjoubi said.
By Mohammed Amine Benabou
Rabat – Mounir Mahjoubi, the 35-year old Moroccan-French secretary of state for the Ministry of Digital Affairs, is running for office in the upcoming elections in Paris with Macron’s party.
Mahjoubi, a web entrepreneur, told the French news outlet Parisien-Aujourd’hui that he “will be running for the 2020 municipal elections, along with other five politicians of La Republique En Marche.”
Over the last few weeks, Mahjoubi has made numerous appearances in national and social media platforms across France, debating members of the yellow vests.
Mahjoubi said he “has always had in mind the battle of France.”
In an interview with the French news agency Le Parisien, Mounir clearly stated his ambitions: “Today, I have a project and a strong willingness for Paris. Few dare say it. One must not have false modesty.”
Talking about his vision, Mahjoubi said, “What’s particularly good about Paris is that it gives opportunities to everyone. It gave it to my father, a house painter, and my mother, a housewife, when they first arrived in Paris in the 1970s.”
The politician expressed his concerns about Paris and the large number of people who leave Paris after having their first child. “Paris is the most beautiful city there is,” he said. “But there seems to be something wrong.”
Regarding his first project, Mahjoubi said his priority is to provide housing for homeless people.
As France has been grappling with yellow vest protests since November 2018, Mahjoubi took the initiative to open dialogue with protesters when other politicians stayed away from the streets.