Candidate for mayor of Paris drops out because of the scandal over the sex video

The favoured candidate of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, in upcoming elections for Paris mayor has dropped out of the race after the emergence of a sex video.

Benjamin Griveaux, a former government spokesperson, said on Friday morning: “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.”

On Wednesday evening, a website published a video with messages addressed to a woman that is alleged to have been sent by Griveaux. It then spread to social media.

“For more than a year, my family and I have been subjected to defamatory remarks, lies, rumours, anonymous attacks, the revelation of stolen private conversations and death threats,” Griveaux said. “As if this was not enough, yesterday a new level was reached.” He said he was not willing to expose his family any further.