La maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo a été élue présidente du C40, qui réunit 85 grandes villes mondiales mobilisés pour le défi climatique.
La maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo (PS) se construit une stature internationale. Elle vient d'être élue présidente du C40, le Cities Climate Leadership
Group, qui regroupe 85 grandes villes mondiales - peuplées au total de plus de 600 millions de personnes - mobilisées pour le défi climatique. La maire
de Paris avait présenté sa candidature début avril, et il y avait peu de doutes quant à son élection à la tête de l'institution. Les maires « de New York,
Londres, Tokyo, Sydney, Johannesburg, Mexico, Pékin, Washington, Madrid, Séoul, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Quito, Vancouver ou encore
Copenhague » soutenaient en effet la candidature d'Anne Hidalgo depuis le début.
Se disant honorée d'être élue, la maire de Paris a détaillé ses objectifs à la tête de l'institution : « qu'il s'agisse du défi climatique, de l'inclusion sociale
ou de l'accueil des réfugiés, nos villes sont en première ligne et plus que jamais, nous avons besoin d'unir nos forces », a-t-elle indiqué. Comme
mesures concrètes, elle a d'ores et déjà annoncé qu'elle initierait « un appel à projets d'urbanisme innovants » à l'échelle des villes du C40, sur le
modèle de Réinventer Paris. Elle compte ensuite « travailler avec les meilleures startups des villes du C40 pour généraliser les solutions les plus
pertinentes en matière de qualité de vie en ville », et enfin favoriser de « nouveaux investissements pour financer l'action des villes durables et
Première femme présidente du C40
Elle estime en effet que « les grandes capitales du monde ont un rôle central dans la conception et la mise en œuvre de solutions innovantes en faveur
d'un développement plus harmonieux ». Anne Hidalgo est par ailleurs la première femme à devenir présidente du C40, après Ken Livingstone, maire de
Londres (2005-2008), David Miller, maire de Toronto (2008-2010), Michael Bloomberg, maire de New York (2010-2013) et Eduardo Paes, maire de Rio
de Janeiro (2013-2016). De quoi cumuler de sérieux arguments dans l'optique d'un plus grand destin national lors de la prochaine décennie ?
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The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo was elected Chair of the C40,
which brings together 85 cities worldwide mobilized for the climate challenge.
The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (PS) builds an international stature. She has just been elected President of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group,
which brings together 85 major world cities - populated total more than 600 million people - mobilized to the climate challenge. The Mayor of Paris had
submitted his candidacy early April, and there's little doubt about his election to the head of the institution. The mayors «of New York, London, Tokyo,
Sydney, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Beijing, Washington, Madrid, Seoul, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Quito, Vancouver or even Copenhagen» indeed
supported Anne Hidalgo candidacy from the beginning.
Claiming to be honoured to be elected, the Mayor of Paris has detailed its objectives at the head of the institution: "that whether the climate challenge,
social inclusion or the reception of refugees, our cities are in the front line and more than ever, we need to unite our forces", she said. As concrete
measures, it already announced that it would initiate "a call for innovative town planning projects" at the level of the C40 cities, on the model of
reinventing Paris. It then intends to "work with the best startups of the C40 cities to generalize the most relevant solutions in quality of life in the city",
and finally to promote "new investments to finance the action of sustainable and resilient cities".
First woman Chair of the C40
It considers indeed that "the great capitals of the world have a central role in the design and implementation of innovative solutions for a more
harmonious development". Anne Hidalgo is also the first woman to become President of the C40, after Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London (2005-2008),
Mayor of Toronto David Miller (2008-2010), Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York (2010-2013) and Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (2013-
2016). What earn serious arguments in the context of a larger national destiny during the next decade?
China’s largest hotel company is coming hard after France’s largest.
Paris-based AccorHotels is reportedly searching out for an investor to stave off a takeover by Shanghai-based Jin Jiang International Hotels, which
currently has an almost 16-percent stake in AccorHotels, a percentage it is looking to boost.
The French government could come to its rescue. Reports have surfaced that a number of French ministers are backing a plan for the government
to take a stake in the company, as it tries to rebuff the foreign takeover.
AccorHotels also is believed to have approached China’s HNA Group, which earlier this year acquired Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and is currently
embroiled in a shareholder proxy fight over NH Hotel Group, as it faces joining the current M&A trend and potentially becoming part of a company to
rival the combined Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
AccorHotels has a joint venture with China Lodging, but is thought to have turned to HNA Group given its recent interest in the sector.
AccorHotels strategy to enlist another investor is due in part because of its lack of legal recourse. In 2014, the French government extended a 2005
decree to state that foreign buyers must get the support of the economy ministry when they planned to invest in French firms engaged in energy,
transport, water, health or telecoms. Although AccorHotels could possibly sell a case for its role in transport, it is unlikely and difficult.
While AccorHotels is not itself a protected company, it is thought that the French authorities are eager to apply pressure to ensure that Jin Jiang
limits its shareholding and voting rights for an agreed number of years, in return for a place on the board. While this keeps Jin Jiang at bay, it still
gives it access to company strategy—strategy it may not wish rival Louvre Hotels Group, which Jin Jiang also owns, to be privy to.
Jin Jiang now has 15.6 percent of AccorHotels shares and, according to reports in the local press, is courting Colony Capital and Eurazeo to buy their
combined 11.8-percent stake at EUR45 per share (at the time of writing, the shares were at EUR40.25, having risen over 3 percent on the rumors). It
is understood that the pair will not sell out to Jin Jiang without the board approval from AccorHotels.
Jin Jiang began 2016 with a stake of 5.5 percent and rumors suggest that the company is now looking to up its stake to as much as 29 percent, which
would trigger a public offer. There has, as yet, been no comment from Jin Jiang, which was expected to clarify its expectations after raising its stake in
While HNA is reportedly being courted, speculation suggests that AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin is hedging his bets and has approached a group
of Qatari investors.
Changes to outward-direct-investment rules in China have seen a rapid increase in the involvement of Chinese firms in the latest spate of M&A in the
sector. This saw Marriott International’s merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts almost derailed by insurance group Anbang, but could yet see the
face of the sector changed permanently.
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