The Parisian mayor apparently denied that there was anything political to the dedication.
Delanoë said of Darwish: “He is a great poet, who we want to honor by naming [part] of Paris after him. He is not just any poet [but] a Palestinian poet, a poet whose inspiration is born of his suffering in exile.”
Note: If you have not yet joined the summer reading challenge, you can choose Sinan Antoon’s suggestion, Darwish’s Memory for Forgetfulness. And, for goodness sakes, you can win!