Around a month before the local elections, President Emmanuel Macron's candidate for the Paris City Hall announced his retirement. "For more than a year, my family and I have been exposed to defamatory statements, lies, rumors, anonymous attacks (…) and death threats," Benjamin Griveaux told BFMTV. The 42-year-old no longer wants his family to do this.
The cask of overflowing brought about the publication of a video with sexual content attributed to Griveaux. "A website and social networks have spread hideous attacks on my privacy," said Griveaux.
Grivereaux had competition from its own ranks
Griveaux is considered a confidante of Macron. He resigned as government spokesman last year to conquer Paris City Hall. However, the presidential party La République en Marche (LREM) is divided in the elections in Paris: the mathematician Cédric Villani from Macron's camp is also running – against the will of the president. This massively reduced the chances of the official candidate Griveaux. In polls, he was last in third place – behind the socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo and the conservative ex-minister Rachida Dati.
The first round of local elections will take place on March 15th. Because of its political and economic importance, the capital has a symbolic character that can hardly be overestimated.
pg / qu (dpa, afp, ap)