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In latest Embarrassment For Macron, Former Advisor Ends Mayoral Bid After Explicit Texts, Video Emerge

“For more than a year, my family and I have suffered defamatory statements, lies, rumours, anonymous attacks, the revelation of stolen private conversations as well as death threats…”

French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval ratings already appeared to be at rock-bottom levels as yellow-vest wearing rioters sacked his country’s capital city and an 800-year-old monument to Roman Catholicism suffered a devastating fire on his watch.

But it appears he has started to dig.

Members of Macron’s “Le Republique En Marche” movement have fled the party ahead of local elections next month where the president’s centrist movement is expected to do poorly as opinion polls show Macron is giving his predecessor, socialist Francois Hollande, some stiff competition for least popular president of modern France, according to the FT.

In the latest embarrassment for Macron, Benjamin Griveaux, the “En Marche!” candidate for mayor of Paris, has withdrawn his candidacy after an explicit video and some private messages leaked online, the FT reports. Griveaux apparently sent the sexually-charged messages to a woman who wasn’t his wife.

Though readers outside of France might not recognize it at first, this is a major blow for Macron ahead of the regional elections next month.

Before announcing his candidacy, Griveaux was one of Macron’s spokespeople, as well as one of the president’s closest lieutenants, according to Reuters.

The 42-year-old is one of the “Macron boys”, a clique of political advisors that helped propel the former investment banker to the Elysee Palace.

He got his start in politics as an adviser to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF head who achieved international notoriety after allegedly assaulting a maid in an NYC hotel.

For Griveaux and his family, the leaks followed months of anonymous threats and defamatory statements, along with threats to expose the private data that appears to have been stolen from Griveaux.

Now, it seems, his antagonists have made good on their threats.

According to Reuters, a Russian dissident artist named Pyotr Pavlensky published screenshots of an online chat between Griveaux and a woman who was not his wife, exposing his alleged “hypocrisy.”

The chat included a video of a man’s genitals – allegedly belonging to Griveaux.

Griveaux’s candidacy was central to Macron’s political strategy moving forward, which relied on building a base of local support in the French capital in the mayoral elections. However, opinion polls showed that Griveaux’ mayoral bid was already in trouble before the scandal.

The final ironiy is that Macron’s party chose Griveaux over Cedric Villani, whom Reuters described as “an eccentric mathematician.” It’s unclear whether the party will now rally around Villani, a rebel lawmaker who was kicked out of the party last month after referring to political rivals as “arseholes” in a leaked conversation.

French politicians from all camps denounced the leaks, saying it was a flagrant violation of Griveaux’s privacy.

Griveaux announced his decision to withdraw in a video statement where he lashed out at the mysterious people who have been hounding him and his family, saying he simply can’t take it anymore.

“I have decided to withdraw my candidacy from the municipal election,” Griveaux said in a video statement.

“I do not want myself or my family exposed any longer when all the low blows are permitted. Parisians deserve a dignified campaign,” he said.

“For more than a year, my family and I have suffered defamatory statements, lies, rumours, anonymous attacks, the revelation of stolen private conversations as well as death threats,” he said. “This torrent of mud has affected me and above all harmed those I love.”

As Macron’s technocratic, centrist dream crumbles, the French right have gained some newfound momentum. We may be heading for a rematch between Macron and Le Pen in 2022. Though the next French national vote is still a long way off…

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February 15, 2020

This Pavlensky character is a bit of a weirdo.
He was feted as a refugee from the “evil Putin regime” and given asylum in France.
He showed his gratitude by burning things down for no apparent reason in a campaign of arson, and was duly arrested.
No doubt it’s all another one of Vlad The Bad’s incredibly cunning and devious plans.

Reply to  paul
February 16, 2020

Especially when that person’s claim to fame is getting naked in public and nailing his balls to the pavement or sewing his mouth shut with wire. He gives ‘seeking asylum’ a whole new meaning.

Olivia Kroth
February 15, 2020

What a strange character. The Russians are probabably very happy that he left.

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

Sending around PENIS PICTURES, ahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020


Roses are red
Violets are blue
Griveaux is a toady
And so are you

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

“Griveaux announced his decision to withdraw in a video statement where he lashed out at the mysterious people who have been hounding him and his family, saying he simply can’t take it anymore.”

Griveaux the hypocrite: He could have saved his family a lot of trouble by not sending around penis pictures. Why did he do that? What does his wife say about it?

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

THE DAILY BEAST: Married mayoral candidate Benjamin Griveaux, 42, allegedly was caught with his pants down or, more precisely, his manhood blasted across the internet, which made a very bad fit with the campaign he had run extolling family values. (…) On Friday morning Macron’s golden boy abruptly withdrew from the race following the leak of racy screenshots and videos that depict the married Griveaux having sexually explicit interactions with an unidentified young woman. Among the suggestive images are videos that purport to be of Griveaux’s genitals. “Can you resend the video from yesterday,” reads one of the messages allegedly… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

THE MOSCOW TIMES: Russian Artist Who Published Paris Mayor Candidate Kompromat Arrested – By Reuters – Controversial Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who has lived in exile in France, said he had posted the sex video to expose Griveaux’s “hypocrisy.” A Russian dissident artist who published screenshots of sexual images that forced President Emmanuel Macron’s candidate for Paris City Hall to pull out of the race was arrested in the French capital on Saturday, the prosecutor’s office said. Benjamin Griveaux, one of Macron’s closest lieutenants, abandoned his bid to become mayor of Paris on Friday after it was alleged he… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

On French TV, Benjamin Griveaux made fun of Marine Le Pen in his usual “cocky” way, gesturing ironically, smiling nastily and calling her “Grandmother Christmas”. But now his cock pictures on internet have caused his fall. This show how degenerate French politics have become under Macron. It is the rule of immature young men now in France …

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

This is how Russian media (Russia 24) report about the latest antics in French pornopolitics:

Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

For Russians, this seems to be the best and funniest Saint Valentine joke ever.

William H Warrick III MD
William H Warrick III MD
February 17, 2020

The French were stupid enough to elect Macron and they are going to elect him again. I say let them stew in their own juice.

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