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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.
“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.