08:38 GMT25 January 2021
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    Earlier this week, it was announced that Emmanuel Macron's close ally Benjamin Griveaux had withdrawn his candidacy from the Paris mayoral race after his alleged sexually explicit video was published online.

    French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn told AFP news agency on Sunday that she would join the Paris mayoral elections and replace Benjamin Griveaux.

    "I'm for it. I want it," Buzyn said, adding that "she was going to win [the election]."

    She also said that she would step down from her current post due to her decision to run for mayor. She will be the candidate for President Emmanuel Macron's party La République En Marche.

    "I've always lived in Paris, I was born here, worked here and raised my children. I know this city and its problems that should be solved with calmness and determination," Buzyn said, as quoted by BFMTV. 

    A scandal in the French political establishment emerged earlier in the week after the Pornopolitique website published a video of a person identified as "Benjamin Griveaux" with his photo on the thumbnail, allegedly masturbating.

    Griveaux, who campaigned on a platform of family values, has neither confirmed nor rejected the validity of the video but referred to “stolen” conversations when announcing his withdrawal.

    Following the scandal, Griveaux filed a complaint to police over an "invasion of privacy" against an unknown person, though the owner of the website, Russian protest artist Petr Pavlensky, claimed responsibility.

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