Bertrand Delanoë visited PSB Paris School of Business on 20 February 2018, to speak at a conference on “beliefs that stand the test of time”. Rather than the man who had served as a Paris City Councilor from 1977 to 2002, a Member of Parliament for Paris from 1981 to 1986, a Senator for Paris from 1995 to 2001, and then Mayor of Paris from 2001 to 2014 – rather than the politician – it was Bertrand Delanoë the person, the man of the people and perhaps, above all, the Parisian, who stood before an audience of more than 150 students.
Before presenting his views on the French political landscape, the Socialist Party and the last French Presidential election campaign – enlivened with numerous anecdotes – Bertrand Delanoë looked back on the highlights of his political career, from Bizerte to Paris.
Although now retired from politics, this man of power took stock of the major, social, cultural and environmental actions undertaken during his two terms as Mayor of the French capital, marked by masterstrokes such as the Vélib’ self-service bike hire system, the internationally acclaimed Paris Plage urban beach initiative and the Nuit Blanche all-night cultural event. Other successes – lower profile but equally apparent – include the steady reduction of substandard housing, the re-municipalization of water management and the creation of 7,400 places in day nurseries... Not to mention the tram and other major projects: Les Halles and the Centquatre cultural center, for example, and local authority housing.
Bertrand Delanoë has "restored this magnificent city’s pride in itself".