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Image copyright AFP Image caption Petr Pavlensky claims he was exposing hypocrisy French police have arrested a Russian activist artist behind the release of a sex video that brought down a political ally of President Emmanuel Macron. Petr Pavlensky was detained in Paris, French media report. The video scuppered Benjamin Griveaux’s candidacy for mayor of…

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Petr Pavlensky claims he was exposing hypocrisy

French police have arrested a Russian activist artist behind the release of a sex video that brought down a political ally of President Emmanuel Macron. Petr Pavlensky was detained in Paris, French media report. The video scuppered Benjamin Griveaux’s candidacy for mayor of Paris. Its release was widely condemned.A little-known website alleged that Mr Griveaux had exchanged intimate mobile phone messages with a young woman and sent her the video. Mr Pavlensky, who sought asylum from Russia in 2017, said he had posted the video, showing a man involved in a sexual act, online.The distribution of the clip, which spread quickly across social media on Thursday, brought condemnation from across the political spectrum. The current Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said people’s private lives should be respected. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon condemned the video’s release as “odious”, while far-right leader Marine Le Pen suggested Mr Griveaux should not have
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