France: Benalla's suspension may be 'insufficient' — Elysee Secretary General

General Secretary of the Elysee Palace and Macron's right hand man, Alexis Kohler, testified in the French Senate over the Benalla scandal in Paris on Thursday. «In light of events known about since then, the sanction can appear insufficient. But at the same time, in light of events known about on May 2nd, this sanction was proportionate,» said Kohler, in response to criticism from the Media and... Еще French opposition politicians who claim that the initial disciplinary measures of a two-week suspension was inadequate and that the French President had tried to protect Benalla from punishment. In his speech, Kohler stressed that «there isn't a parallel police officer at the Elysee.» Alexandre Benalla, 26, was the head of security for the president's engagements. On May 1, during clashes between the police and protesters, a man was recorded grabbing a woman by the neck and charging her down the street. Shortly afterwards, the same man returned and was seen attacking another protester. The person in question has been identified as Benalla. Benalla was fired from his position after the video went public. He was detained and taken into police custody, where he faces charges of assault and impersonating a police officer.

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