Interestingly, four out of the five women have immigrant backgrounds. Ms Kozkiusko-Morizet is partly Polish-Jewish. Ms Dati’s parents were born in North Africa. Ms Hidalgo moved to Lyon with her Spanish parents when she was two. Ms Yade was born in Senegal. Partly accidental or not, the emergence of such an unlikely line-up suggests that something is shifting in the ageing, white, male-dominated landscape of French politics.