Former French government spokesperson and La Republique en Marche (LREM) candidate for the upcoming Paris 2020 mayoral election Benjamin Griveaux attends a news conference in Paris, France, February 5, 2020. Picture taken February 5, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
PARIS (Reuters) – Benjamin Griveaux, French President Emmanuel Macron’s preferred candidate for Mayor of Paris, said on Friday he had decided to withdraw his candidacy following what he said were “ignoble attacks” on his private life.
“I have decided to withdraw my candidacy from the municipal election,” Griveaux said in a televised address.
French media said Griveaux made the decision after the publication on the internet of sexual material concerning him.
Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Hugh Lawson