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[France] The Video -But Not Of Strikes This Time.
This wasn't one of the late-Epstein's antics, was it?! Oooh-la-la!
As the French President continues to ignore his people, the stereotypical act that the romantic French
are known for blossoms in the form of a video. A video that had an effect that even the BBC can't disguise
with its use of deflecting wording.

Can anyone say 'Anthony Weiner'?!!

Quote:Griveaux Paris race: Sex video prompts Macron ally to step down.

'A sex video has ended French ruling party candidate Benjamin Griveaux's hopes of becoming mayor of Paris.
The ex-spokesman for President Emmanuel Macron's government, who was already trailing in the race, was
apparently targeted by a Russian protest artist accusing him of hypocrisy.

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Benjamin Griveaux with clothes on.

"No-one should be subjected to such abuse," said Mr Griveaux, 42.
The video, showing a man in a compromising position, quickly spread on social media late on Thursday.
Petr Pavlensky, who sought asylum from Russia in 2017, said he had posted the video online.

How France reacted
Opponents from across the political spectrum voiced their outrage.
Incumbent Mayor Anne Hidalgo appealed for respect for people's private lives, while far-left leader Jean-Luc
Mélenchon condemned the attack as "odious". Far-right leader Marine Le Pen suggested that for the sake
of democracy Mr Griveaux should perhaps not have resigned.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed his support for his former colleague and Interior Minister Christophe
Castaner went further, warning that publishing videos without the author's consent was an offence punishable by
a significant fine and up to two years in jail.

The video appeared on a little known website that featured a profile of Mr Griveaux's political ambitions and his
"fanatical faith in family values". It then alleged that Mr Griveaux had exchanged intimate mobile phone messages
with a young woman and sent her a personal video.

A link to the site was shared by an MP who was forced to resign from Mr Macron's LREM (Republic on the Move)
party in late 2018. Mr Griveaux told the BFMTV news channel that for the past year he and his family had been
subjected to "defamatory remarks, lies, rumours, anonymous attacks... and even death threats".
"This torrent of mud has affected me and above all hurt the people I love."

Mr Griveaux's lawyer said he would press charges over the publication of the video, which he said violated the right
to a private life.

Who is Petr Pavlensky?
Mr Pavlensky, who says he posted the video online, first gained notoriety by nailing his scrotum to Moscow's Red
Square in 2013. He fled Russia and sought asylum in France when he was accused by the authorities of a sexual
assault that he denied.

He told French news channel LCI that Mr Griveaux was only the first politician that he would target: he had only just
begun, he claimed. Politicians had to be honest and he said he would carry on fighting the "propaganda and
puritanism of politicians".

French media have traditionally avoided prying into the private lives of people in public life and a number of figures
referred distastefully to the "Americanisation" of politics. "I don't like people mixing up political life with people's
privacy," said MP Alexis Corbière.

Lawyer Marie-Anne Soubré told a French talk show she was sick to her stomach that France had got to this point.
"To what new low have we fallen in public life that anyone is prepared to publish this kind of thing to bring down

Is this bad news for Macron?
Mr Griveaux was not favourite to win the mayoral race in March, but he has been a very close ally of the president
and his political demise is inevitably an embarrassment for the president, the BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from
Paris. He was trailing in third place, his campaign hampered by a dissident Macronite candidate called Cédric Villani.
Mr Villani described the "outrageous attack" on Mr Griveaux and his family as a serious threat to French democracy...'

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