France elects first transgender mayor

Marie Cau made history after becoming the country’s first openly transgender mayor.

Marie was elected mayor of Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes, a small village in northeastern France, near the Belgium border.

The 55-year-old has an educational background in agriculture and horticulture and ran on a platform of ecological sustainability and building the local economy.

“People did not elect me because I was or was not transgender, they elected a programme,” Ms Cau said. “That’s what’s interesting: when things become normal, you don’t get singled out.”

St├ęphanie Nicot, co-founder of France’s National Transgender Association, said the election showed that “our fellow citizens are more and more progressive”, voting on “the value of individuals, regardless of their gender identity”.

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