"I decided to withdraw my candidacy for the Parisian municipal election," announced Benjamin Griveaux, the LREM candidate for mayor of Paris, Friday morning. In question: a video of a sexual nature attributed to the candidate and which has been circulating on social networks since Thursday evening. After canceling his media meetings of the day - including Europe 1 - Benjamin Griveaux organized a crisis meeting at 9 a.m. "I am not ready to expose myself any more, my family and I, when all blows are now allowed, it goes too far," he added.
"A website and social networks have relayed despicable attacks endangering my privacy"
"A website and social media have relayed vile attacks that have compromised my privacy. My family does not deserve this. No one, deep down, should ever be subjected to such violence," he said in a statement. recorded at the start of the morning at AFP headquarters, in the presence of BFM Paris.
Benjamin Griveaux also denounced the climate of the countryside. "For more than a year my family and I have been subjected to defamatory statements, lies, rumors, anonymous attacks, the revelation of secret private conversations and death threats," he said. "This torrent of mud affected me, but above all it hurt those I love. As if that were not enough, yesterday a new stage was crossed," he added.