Breach of contract?
"Benoit's decision to take on a political role as deputy for culture in his home district of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, just outside Paris, France."
How is that not a breach of contract? I've never heard of any contract where you can just decide to take another Job without approval from your employer. Which in this case would be the EPO Board, and considering that they want him out, I would be surprised they would agree to something like that.
Additionally, I would be hugely surprised if there wasnt something about being politically neutral in the contract with a Position like this. If not, which ever lawyer wrote up the contract should be fired on the spot.
Still with everything else going on at the EPO, I guess None of this should be surprising...