Down's syndrome, so what? One woman's campaign in France's municipal elections


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  • Tuesday, 03 Mar 2020

FILE PHOTO: Eleonore Laloux, a 34 year-old candidate to the next local elections, attends a political rally for next local elections, in Arras, France, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/ Pascal Rossignol

ARRAS, France (Reuters) - Eleonore Laloux has battled all her life to be treated like others. Now the 34-year-old is waging a new campaign: to become one of the first women in France with Down's syndrome to win a local council seat in this month's municipal elections.

Armed with a broad smile and a gritty determination, Laloux is canvassing for support in Arras, her hometown in northern France, talking up her ambitions for a cleaner town and improved access for disabled people. But above all, a fairer society.

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