This case is a political thunderbolt that questions the place of social networks in the French political class. Friday, February 14 in the morning, around 9 a.m., Benjamin Griveaux records his speech from his HQ. The defeated line, the white voice, he announces that he is retiring from the municipal race. “A website and social networks have relayed vile attacks, calling into question my private life (…) This goes too far. That is why I decided to withdraw my candidacy for the Parisian municipal election”, he says.
Wednesday, February 12, the first messages had started to circulate on social networks, relaying videos of a sexual nature exchanged between the candidate of La République en Marche and a female partner. Benjamin Griveaux had continued his campaign, even presenting his project for Paris, Thursday, February 13, to the press. A few hours later, he had taken Emmanuel Macron's advice by phone while traveling in Chamonix (Haute-Savoie).
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