Marie Cau, a trans woman in France, won an election in her village Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes to become the country’s first openly transgender mayor.
Speaking to the AFP news agency, Ms Cau said she was “not an activist” and wanted to focus on municipal politics.
“The villagers didn’t vote for or against me because I’m transgender. They voted for a programme and values,” she said.
Marie Cau, 55, vowed to develop social and environmental policies in the village after receiving her honorary sash of office.