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Who will become Paris' first 'Madame Mayor?'

By Marcela Kunova, for CNN
updated 12:56 PM EDT, Fri March 28, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mayoral elections will be held in Paris this weekend
  • For the first time the two contenders battling it out for the role are both women
  • Socialist Anne Hidalgo is the frontrunner but rival Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is closing the gap

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(CNN) -- As Parisians head to the polls for a second round of municipal elections this Sunday, one of two women could become Paris' first "Madame le Maire".

On the left is the Socialist candidate, Spanish-born Anne Hidalgo, 54, the deputy mayor under Paris' incumbent Bertrand Delanoë.

On the right is Natalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 40, a former minister in Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right government.

As women have long been underrepresented in French politics, this upcoming local election is expected to be an historic one.

Today, women make up 26.9% of National Assembly députés, while in local politics they account for just 13.9%.

Click on the flashing icons above to discover more about the two contenders going head to head in Paris' mayoral elections.

Lauren Said-Moorhouse contributed to this piece.

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