Benjamin-Blaise Griveaux (born 29 December 1977) is a French politician. A member of La République En Marche! (REM), he was elected to the National Assembly on 18 June 2017, representing Paris. He served as Government Spokesman from 27 November 2017 until 27 March 2019 and has frequently been described as one of President Emmanuel Macron's closest political allies.
Griveaux was born in Saint-Rémy. His father is a notary and his mother is a barrister. He studied at Sciences Po, where he was vice-president of the student union and founded a student magazine called L’Autodafé. He graduated in 1999 and continued his studies at HEC Paris, earning a master's degree in 2001. He failed to gain admission to the École nationale d'administration.
Between 2003 and 2008 he began working for A Gauche en Europe, a think-tank founded by Dominique Strauss-Khan and directed by Michel Rocard. He worked as an adviser to Strauss-Khan and supported his unsuccessful bid for the leadership of the Socialist Party in 2006. He founded Mediane Conseil, a recruitment consultancy, the same year.
In 2008, he stood as a Socialist in both the municipal and departmental elections in Chalon-sur-Saône, which took place simultaneously that year. He succeeded in winning a seat as both a municipal councilor for Chalon-sur-Saône and a departmental councilor for Saône-et-Loire. He later became vice-president of the Departmental Council, which was then led by Arnaud Montebourg. In 2012 he worked on François Hollande’s campaign for the presidency and after Hollande’s election served as an adviser to Health Minister Marisol Touraine. In 2014 he renounced his mandates in order to take up a post with the commercial real estate company Unibail, prompting criticism from a local official.
At Unibail he worked as director of communications and public relations. He left the company in October 2016 to work full-time for En Marche!
Involvement in En Marche!
He met Emmanuel Macron in December 2015 through their mutual contact with Ismaël Emelien. He was present in the meetings that founded En Marche! and was appointed a spokesperson for the movement. Griveaux has frequently been described in media as one of Macron’s closest political allies.
In the 2017 legislative elections he stood for La République en Marche! in the fifth constituency of Paris, where his opponent was Seybah Dagoma, a Socialist assembly member since 2012. Griveaux won the seat on 18 June with 56.27% of the vote.
On 21 June 2017 he was appointed to the second Philippe government as a secretary of state at the Finance and Economy Ministry, a newly created role. The Huffington Post reported the extent of Griveaux’s remit is unclear, and that he will serve as deputy or assistant (Fr: adjoint) to Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.Libération referred to Griveaux as ‘the president’s eyes and ears’ in the upper echelons of the powerful Finance Ministry.
In March 2019, Griveaux resigned from the office of spokesman in order to run in the Paris mayor's election. In February 2020 he abandoned his bid to become mayor of Paris after it was alleged that he had "exchanged intimate mobile phone messages with a young woman and sent her a personal video", which was later posted online by Petr Pavlensky. Pavlensky said that Griveaux was "only the first politician that he would target: he had only just begun".
In January 2019, Griveaux had to escape his office after protesters broke into the compound and smashed up vehicles during the broader Yellow vests movement.
Griveaux is married to Julia Minkowski, a lawyer. They have two children.