The Debate

Griveaux scandal: Online leak sparks outrage, political earthquake

THE DEBATE
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We discuss the right to a private life away from the glare of the media. The case of French politician Benjamin Griveaux has put this issue in the headlines. Griveaux, a close political ally of President Emmanuel Macron, pulled out of the race to be Paris mayor after a sex tape was circulated online - allegedly of the candidate masturbating while messaging another woman who was not his wife.

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Does being in the public eye mean you can no longer misbehave, consensually, in private? France has long protected the right to a private life. But is this now eroded by the internet age and the advent of social networks?

Or are these same media helping to expose hypocrisy and double standards that have no place in public life? 

Produced by Yann Pusztai, Juliette Laurain and Jimena Morales-Velasco.
 

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