If I Ruled the World: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo

Anne Hidalgo Paris mayor
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Paris' first female mayor, Anne Hidalgo, wants an €8m pedestrian highway on the Seine.

One law I would pass?

I would abolish the death penalty – so that no individual can be robbed of the humanity to which we all contribute.

Who I'd ennoble?

Should a form of nobility exist based on merit alone, I would ennoble Asia Bibi, who is already a Citizen of Honour of the City of Paris, because true nobility is achieved in fighting for freedom.

One thing I would ban?

Diesel and all pollution that threatens the environment in which we live. I am already waging this war in Paris.

Who I'd send to Siberia?

I would forgo this power, because I believe that exiling a specific person entails exiling part of our own values.

Where I'd build my palace?

In Paris to house a parliament of the world's mayors. Then everyone could promote their local-level solutions in pursuit of a shared future.

Compulsory book to read?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Then while rafting down a river, they can discover the sensation of freedom outside of social conventions, and acquire the will to live life as one chooses.