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Earthquake for President Macron’s Party in France after the “Political Porn’ of the ‘Affaire Griveaux’

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French radio this morning was full of suggestions that the scandal that brought down Macron supported Paris Mayor candidate, Benjamin Griveaux, could be called an act of “revenge porn” (pornodivulgation or vengeance).

Reports of this appeared across the media:

Le Monde leads with this headline:

Le « séisme politique » de l’affaire Griveaux atteint Macron

Beyond the municipal elections, the announcement of the withdrawal of the LRM candidate in Paris has hampered moves to win back the public opinion behind the Head of State, which had been mounted to counter the slump in support generated by the pension reform plan (and the protests against it!).

France 24 uses the same metaphor,

Sex tape triggers French ‘political earthquake’, leaving Macron’s Paris bid in tatters

Benjamin Griveaux’s troubled campaign for mayor of Paris came to a startling end on Friday after an online leak of sexual images led Emmanuel Macron’s close ally to pull out of the race, leaving the ruling party without a candidate for next month’s municipal elections.

It also dealt a stinging blow to France’s ruling LREM party, which has been rocked by unprecedented divisions – some stemming from the bitter contest that resulted in Griveaux getting the nomination in the first place.

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“This is a huge blow for the ruling party, and a huge blow for French politics in general,” Bruno Cautrès, a political analyst at Sciences-Po Paris, told FRANCE 24, describing the manner of Griveaux’s demise as a “political earthquake”.

The former mayoral candidate is a high-profile public figure, Cautrès noted, one of Macron’s earliest supporters, a lawmaker and a former government spokesman. He was running for the most coveted of France’s municipalities, a political fiefdom that has been used in the past, notably by former French President Jacques Chirac, as a springboard for higher office – and one Macron’s camp was desperate to claim.

 

According to French daily Libération, the video was first published online by a Russian performance artist who wished to expose Griveaux’s “hypocrisy”. Pyotr Pavlensky reportedly said he got the video from a “source” who had a consensual relationship with Griveaux.

The immediate political effect has been to sow confusion in the ranks of the Paris  La République En Marche (LERM). They are undecided about whether to launch another candidate or to fuse with other lists (after a prolonged row with a dissident Macron supporter,  Cédric Villani, who is standing without the support of the President’s party and scores around 10% in opinion polls).

Fusion avec d’autres listes, nouveau candidat… Dans le camp Griveaux, plusieurs lignes s’opposent.

Libération concludes,

Does Villani really believe in the possibility of a merger with the LREM list? Judging by his statement on Friday evening (“My project remains open to those who wish to offer a new start in Paris on the basis of progressive and ecological values”), it is far from obvious. “Cédric will not become the candidate of LREM”, firmly stated one of his lieutenants.

This was one of the most recent polls before the scandal broke (for the First Round of a Two Round election):

Anne Hidalgo , (Socialist, Left parties, some Greens) 23 %   Rachida Dati (LR) (classical Right)  20 %,  Benjamin Griveaux (LREM), 16 %. EELV,  (Greens) David Belliard (14,5 %)  Cédric Villani (10 %).

les Echos.

These results suggested that the Socialist Mayor Hidalgo had a good chance of  winning in the second round with the transfers from those backing the Green EELV in the first.

Now everything is up for grabs, with some claiming that Macron supporters could alky with any number of political groups…

The political class has denounced the video:

Le Monde talks of the abassement of democracy and an attack on the right of people to pursue consensual sexual relations in private.

Affaire Benjamin Griveaux : l’abaissement de la démocratie

La France insoumise declines to gloat:

Others have explored the wider issues of the affaire:

Writing of the “tyranny of transparency” Vanessa Jérôme writes in Libération,

«Ce qui est aussi frappant, pour ne pas dire irresponsable et lassant, c’est qu’à aucun moment, on n’insiste sur le fait qu’il s’agit – sauf information contraire ultérieure – d’une vidéo diffusée dans le cadre d’une relation librement consentie, peut-être même sentimentale ou amoureuse, dont on ne sait rien des attendus et de la temporalité”

What is also striking, not to say irresponsible and tiresome, is that at no time is anyone insisting that this is – unless stated otherwise later – a video broadcast about a consensual, freely agreed,  relationship, perhaps even an affectionate and loving one, about whose expectations and unfolding we know nothing.

The ‘Performance’ artist behind the leak has no regrets.

Russian artist defends sex tape leak that ended Paris mayoral bid

Russian protest artist Piotr Pavlensky on Friday confirmed to AFP that he posted a sex video that tanked the Paris mayoral bid of ruling party candidate Benjamin Griveaux, calling his action a fight against political “hypocrisy”.

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The controversial Pavlensky, who enjoys political asylum in France, said leaked images of a man masturbating were the first contribution to a “political porn” website created to expose what he considered deceitful behaviour by people in power.

“I have launched the first ‘political porn’ platform,” he said after Griveaux dropped out of the mayoral race citing concern for his wife and children.

“Obviously I need sources. I hope that I will have enough material.”

Known for some startling stunts, which have included nailing his scrotum to Red Square in Moscow, Pavlensky insisted his problem was not with Griveaux’s morals or personal choices, but political deceit.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

February 15, 2020 at 1:14 pm

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  1. So… where’s the vid? (Asking for a friend). It is too bad the looters are sooo concerned with fake climate science they forgot entirely about fake creation scientists trying to make contraception as illegal as communists want to make electricity. Kick sand in Mohammed’s face and hand the ladies an Equal Rights Amendment, and they might lay off of tripping up your asshole candidates. Schadenfreude to poor little Grieve-Oh! –libertariantranslator

    oiltranslator

    February 15, 2020 at 6:51 pm

  2. Entirely off topic but do all have a look at Lee Jasper’s facebook page where he claims he was the first black deputy Mayor of London! My information is that he has been a crack user for years and is now selling it and it seems to have got to whatever he has for a brain. Deputy Mayor, a total fantasist.

    Dave Roberts

    February 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm

  3. Nevermind the vid. When econazi politicians Stateside began banning Youtube gun videos and intimidating the Facebook kid, libertarians began posting the content on Pornhub, which has no problem letting viewers print and assemble a 1911 Colt Aguinaldo Pacifier. Go to pornhug and paste in Griveaux and the wanker pops up, so to speak. MUCH better are the schadenfreude Tweets by parisiens.

    oiltranslator

    February 15, 2020 at 8:50 pm

  4. A Russian dissident artist who published screenshots of sexual images that forced President Emmanuel Macron’s candidate for Paris City Hall to pull out of the race was arrested in the French capital on Saturday, the prosecutor’s office said.

    Complaint for privacy violation

    The prosecutor’s office said Pavlensky had been arrested and held for questioning at a police station in central Paris in connection with another case about violence perpetrated on New Year’s Eve.

    It added that Griveaux had filed a complaint on Saturday afternoon for privacy violation and that an investigation had been opened.

    Under French law, so-called « revenge porn », or the publishing of pornographic material without a person’s content, can be punished by up to two years in prison and a 60,000-euro ($65,000) fine.

    Officials at Macron’s party on Saturday were still discussing who should replace Griveaux and run under the party’s banner in next month’s mayoral elections, and expected to have a name early next week, the party said in a statement.

    https://www.france24.com/en/20200215-russian-artist-who-released-macron-ally-sex-tape-arrested

    Andrew Coates

    February 16, 2020 at 12:27 pm

  5. It’s alleged he enjoyed the company of neo-Nazis:

    Andrew Coates

    February 16, 2020 at 12:31 pm

  6. New LREM Mayor candidate tries to reach agreement with dissident Macroniste candidate:

    Andrew Coates

    February 17, 2020 at 6:38 pm

  7. Something Else: traderspirituel.com (voyance and more…)

    leauetlapluie

    March 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm


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