PARIS (Reuters) – The Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky was formally investigated on Tuesday after the online sexual conversation publication which put one of France’s closest President Emmanuel Macron from the race to become mayor in Paris.

Paris prosecutor’s office said Pavlensky had been released from a police station on Tuesday afternoon after he had been submitted for Sunday questioning.

Pavlensky, who has lived in France since 2017, has charges for violation of privacy.

His girlfriend was also put into a formal investigation, the prosecutor’s office said, adding that they were not allowed to contact each other.

Benjamin Griveaux, 42, a key member of LREM Emmanuel Macron’s party, said last week that he decided to quit the city election next month.

Pavlensky claimed that he had published screens of an online conversation that he said was between Griveaux and a non-wife.

The video included a video showing the male genitals. Griveaux did not dispute that he had sent the messages.

In France, a trial may come to trial.

Choose health minister Macron, Agnes Buzyn ago to revive his efforts to take control of Paris city hall.

French politicians denied all private material leakage, saying that many politicians’ policies were out of limits.

Pavlensky is better known for performance artworks including scraping the ground in Moscow Red Square and putting fire on doors at the headquarters of the Russian state security agency and the French Bank.

(Reporting by Matthias Blamont; Editing of Giles Elgood)

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