A trans woman in France has won election in her local commune to become the country's first openly transgender mayor. The council in Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes in northeastern France chose Marie Cau as its new mayor.
The 55-year-old ran on a platform of ecological sustainability and building the local economy. Ms Cau said she was "not an activist" and wanted to focus on municipal politics. "People did not elect me because I was or was not transgender, they elected a programme. That's what's interesting: when things become normal, you don't get singled out."
France's gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa tweeted her support: "Trans visibility, and the fight against transphobia, also depends on exercising political and public responsibilities. Congratulations Marie Cau!"