Friday, 20 July 2018

France's President Emmanuel Macron fires aide Alexandre Benalla who stamped on protester



France's President Emmanuel Macron is to fire a security adviser who hit and stamped on a May Day protester, the Elysee Palace has said.
 
Alexandre Benalla is being questioned by police, prosecutors said.


"New facts that could constitute misdemeanour by Alexandre Benalla were brought to the president's attention," a palace official commented.


"As a result... the presidency has decided to start Alexandre Benalla's dismissal procedure."


Mr Macron had been under pressure to act after the Le Monde newspaper said his office had suspended Benalla but not contacted police.


Opposition leaders have criticised Mr Macron for not sacking Benalla straight away.





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