Emmanuel Macron’s close ally exits race for Paris mayor over leaked sex video, in power setback for party

French President Emmanuel Macron suffered a blow on Friday after one of his closest allies withdrew from the race for Paris mayor over a leaked sex video.Benjamin Griveaux, 41, a former government spokesman, was central to Macron’s bid to control the French capital and build a local power base for the president’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party in mayoral elections next month.Griveaux said he opted for retreat to protect his family after an explicit video, believed to have come from him, was…

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