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International Candidate from Macron’s party withdraws from Paris mayoral race over sex tape allegations

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  1. Rvd Slmr Silver Belt Platinum Member

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    "Griveaux, 41, said he opted for retreat to protect his family after a website published the video with messages addressed to a woman, which was said to have come from the former government spokesman.

    It then spread on social media.

    “A website and social networks have launched vile attacks concerning my private life. My family does not deserve this. No one should ever be subjected to such abuse,” Griveaux said at AFP headquarters in Paris."

    Candidate from Macron’s party withdraws from Paris mayoral race over sex tape allegations

    I haven't seen the video, but it is described as Benjamin Griveaux frontally masturbating, and he hasn't claimed that it was fake. For now, it seems that it was first sent to a mistress and that it wasn't unwanted or unsolicited. It was still enough for him to give-up, after a campaign that was already difficult for Macron's party, LREM.

    Macron supporter were already divided because of a rogue candidate, world renowned mathematician (Fields medal winner) Cédric Villani, who was recently expelled from LREM for refusing to join Griveaux. Despite LREM winning previous major elections in Paris, Benjamin Griveaux was only on the third place according to the polls, and Villani was further behind.

    Griveaux always suffered in the public opinion and is considered arrogant and insincere. He is also famous for running away when some Gilets Jaunes literally stormed the gates of his ministry.



    The municipal elections are looking very bleak for LREM, and winning Paris was supposed to be the big trophy that would soothe the defeat. But now it's even less likely to happen, the Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo should keep her seat, even if the Republican candidate Rachida Dati is rising in the polls. French Municipal elections are done in two rounds every five years, this time on March 15 and 22.
     
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    Russian meddling!
     
  3. Dirt Road Soldier All Praise To The Gun!

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    Youd think that eventually public figures would learn that stupid shit like this almost always comes back to bite them in the ass.
     
  4. Rvd Slmr Silver Belt Platinum Member

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    Yes, but it's an unusual one. The video was leaked by Piotr Pavlenski, who is a Putin opponent that has the political refugee status in France. He's famous for crazy art performances, like literally nailing his balls to the ground in the Red Square.

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    He can be an internet celebrity and "Influencer" instead. Far more lucrative.
     
  6. Makani Ain't Nobody Ever Been Free

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    The Member of Parliament from my home district got caught sexting a ton of girls and had to resign, it was the worst kept secret and the dude just couldn't stop digging. I doubt he even got laid either, just a few nudes and some tee hees.
     
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    Will this help La Pen save France?
     
  8. IngaVovchanchyn Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    I guess I'm a little surprised a sex tape would hurt a candidate in France. It was probably scandalous because it was just with his wife.
     
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    It doesn't though. Nearly all of them are total creeps and very few of them actually get into any trouble for it.
     
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    It's Paris, whoever is Le Pen's candidate is waaaayyy below in the polls. They target smaller, poorer outlying cities.

    It wasn't for or with his wife. But I'm surprised too, I guess he would have kept going if he was higher in the polls, it was kind of a last straw. Also Macron's party is constantly trying to poach Republican voters, and they are especially conservative in Paris.

    It's pretty unusual to target private lives in French political races, because it's pretty ineffective in most circumstances. I mean, one of our most famous left wing columnist/youtuber has personally uploaded videos on PornHub where he fucks his camgirl girlfriend, he wasn't fired from anything and still works for the very serious journal Mediapart. The main complain was that he chose PornHub, instead of a more "ethical" pornsite...

    When he was President, before Macron, François Hollande rose in the polls when we found out that he was cheating on his girlfriend (they weren't married) with an actress that was better looking.
     
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    im glad to hear that the right wing is doing what it should. Champion the impoverished native french people.
     
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    Lol at anyone posting sex vids and thinking it will not come back to haunt them.
     
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    what ever happened to the yellow vests?
     
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    Does anyone know if ghislaine maxwell is in France now?
     
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    They are dwarfed by the unions, but participating with them, to stop Macron's pension reform.

    Not a sexy story to tell everyone that the populist right and left United to try and stop Macron.
     
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    What a disaster.
     
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    There are still small protests every Saturday, but people were discouraged after over a year of weekly protests and with all the injuries caused by the police. Getting chased by anti-riot cops, getting teargassed, seeing or hearing about all the protesters that lost an eye or a hand, it broke a lot of people. I stopped going because I had a knee splint/brace after getting injured in BJJ, and by the time I could walk and run freely, the protests' attendance had badly dropped and I felt like that it was over. The next step against Macron will be the Municipal elections next month, then I don't think there will be anything major until the 2022 Presidential election.

    Exactly, the Yellow Vests protests have been mostly covered by right and far-right pundits in the Anglo-saxon world, the current protests against Macron don't fit their narrative anymore. Macron is center-right and that's where most of his voters stand. It's so weird for me to see him painted abroad like he's some leftist posterboy.
     
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    I like how Mark Blyth described him. A centrist populist.

    Using populist rhetoric, while governing as a centrist neo-liberal.
     
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    At least getting seen frontally masturbating is less embarrassing for a man than getting caught back end masturbating his prostate.

    Glass half full.
     
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