It is through social networks that Alexandra De Taddeo apparently contacted Benjamin Griveaux. It is through social networks that the videos of their intimate exchanges were leaked to the general public and led to the resignation of the candidate for Paris City Hall. It was through social networks, finally, that his name was revealed. A tragic form of irony for this 29-year-old law student, who surely did not expect to find herself at the heart of such a media episode.
Did she knowingly pass the videos on to Piotr Pavlenski? Or has it been manipulated? These are undoubtedly the questions put to him by the investigators of the judicial police during his police custody this Sunday in the case of the intimate videos. A police custody which should last until Monday.
Originally from Metz, the young woman has a diversified university career, like her polyglot talents: she speaks five languages including Russian. Since 2010, she has accumulated diploma courses: she is doing two masters 2 in parallel at Paris II-Assas and Sciences Po Toulouse. One in public international law and the other in international governance and action. She also went through the very prestigious University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Before her training in international law and political science, she also spent four years at EFAP in communication training.
"An intelligent student"
No doubt, this pretty brunette is brilliant. Contacted by Le Parisien, Yves Surel, professor of political science at Paris II Assas, confirms: "I knew nothing about the private life and the possible political commitments of this student, whose thesis I actually supervised in 2018. The thesis was of quality and Alexandra de Taddeo an intelligent student. She had contacted me recently for another research project. ”
In recent months, the young woman has been an intern at Unesco in Paris. Previously, from February to June 2019, she had completed an internship at the Alliance of Lawyers for Human Rights. Interested in politics, she was part of the Paris Youth Council, a citizens' assembly where she has never been seen according to several accounts.
Passionate about Russia and radio
But the real passion of Alexandra De Taddeo is rather to look for on the side of the radio. She created an association in 2107, at the faculty of Assas. We could hear his soft voice several times on Protestant Frequency in the cultural program "Obliques". In video extracts available online, where one can also judge of her certain charm, she has - among other things - read extracts from a book by the actress Aure Atika. She also produced audio reports on Russian personalities. Contacted, the Slavic personalities interviewed by the young woman, however, did not wish to speak on the one who gave them the floor.
Apart from her relationship with Piotr Pavlenski, which would have started in January 2019, the Russophilia of Alexandra transpires from her career. Two of the latter publications relate directly to the former Eastern European empire. "The art of being just" is thus a chronicle of the trial of Pavlenski, then his future boyfriend. As for his academic work "The foreign policy of the Russian Federation towards the Arctic: international cooperation and national interests in synergy", the title is explicit. A love of Russia which today raises questions ...