French health minister to run for Paris mayor after Macron ally quits

PARIS: French health minister Agnes Buzyn will run for Paris mayor after the previous ruling party candidate pulled out over a sexting scandal, party officials said on Sunday (Feb 16).

Buzyn, a doctor who has been leading France's response to the coronavirus, had put her name forward, a source close to President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party told Reuters.

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"Agnes Buzyn is deeply keen to get involved in Paris. She has convinced us," party member Mounir Mahjoubi, a former minister, said on Twitter.

Buzyn, 58, will have to reinvigorate a campaign blown off course when Benjamin Griveaux, one of Macron's closest lieutenants, pulled out of the race on Friday after it was alleged he sent sexual images to a woman.

Griveaux – one of the "Macron boys" group that helped propel the former investment banker into power in 2017 – said he and his family had been subjected to months of anonymous statements defaming him.

A Russian dissident artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, published screenshots of an online chat which he said was between Griveaux and a woman whRead More – Source