French health minister to run for Paris mayor after sex scandal sinks previous candidate

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French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Sunday she had been chosen by the ruling party to run for mayor of Paris next month, replacing Benjamin Griveaux, who was toppled by a leaked sex video.


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“Im going for it with the aim of winning,” Buzyn told AFP.

A ruling party source confirmed that she was quitting the government to launch her campaign and would be replaced in the coming hours in the health portfolio.

Griveaux, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, pulled out of the race on Friday over a video posted online which showed a man masturbating, along with racy text messages sent to a woman.

His decision to bow out marked a turning point in French public life, with senior politicians hit by sex scandals in the past brushing them off as purely private matters.

His departure left Macrons Republic on the Move (LREM) party scrambling to find a replacementRead More – Source