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World Macron’s Candidate for Paris Mayor Withdraws Over Sex Video

12:35  14 february  2020
12:35  14 february  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Macron ’ s candidate was already struggling in the race, polls showed. The electoral math was even more complex for Griveaux as his Griveaux was an early supporter of Macron ’ s successful run for president in 2017 and served as the government’s spokesman before quitting to run for Paris mayor .

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(Bloomberg) -- Emmanuel Macron’s candidate for Paris mayor pulled out of the race Friday after the publication of a sexually explicit video on social media sites, further complicating the French President’s attempt to gain a foothold in local elections next month.

French Government's spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux speaks to the media following the cabinet meeting at the Ardennes Prefecture in Charleville-Mezieres, France November 7, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS© Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS French Government's spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux speaks to the media following the cabinet meeting at the Ardennes Prefecture in Charleville-Mezieres, France November 7, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

The intimate video and an alleged text message exchange between Benjamin Griveaux and a woman were circulated Thursday after their publication on a website Wednesday evening. On Friday, the mayoral candidate canceled planned media appearances and announced his withdrawal from the race in a pre-recorded statement across national TV networks.

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The Paris mayoral candidate picked by President Macron has ended his campaign a month before the Benjamin Griveaux, who ran for the top office in France’s capital with Emmanuel Macron ’ s En Marche party “For over a year, my family and I have been subjected to defamatory statements, lies

Benjamin Griveaux, a candidate for Mayor of Paris , said on Friday he had decided to withdraw his candidacy following what he described as “ignoble attacks” on his private life. Griveaux was French President Emmanuel Macron ’ s preferred candidate in the race. “I have decided to withdraw my

“A website and social networks have spread disgusting attacks,” Griveaux, 42, said in the video statement. “My family doesn’t deserve that.”

Griveaux is married and has three children, according to French media reports.

Macron’s candidate was already struggling in the race, polls showed. The electoral math was even more complex for Griveaux as his challengers included Cedric Villani, a former member of Macron’s political party.

Socialist incumbent Anne Hidalgo is running for re-election, and Rachida Dati is the candidate of the center-right Republicans.

Griveaux was an early supporter of Macron’s successful run for president in 2017 and served as the government’s spokesman before quitting to run for Paris mayor.

“The plan for Paris, which we built and fought for, will be better off without me,” Griveaux said.

To contact the reporter on this story: William Horobin in Paris at whorobin@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Vidya Root, James Regan

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