France: Interior Minister believed Macron bodyguard was police

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said that he believed President's Emannuel Macron aide Alexandre Benalla, who was filmed beating a protester in police insignia on May 1, was a police officer, speaking before the French Senate in Paris on Tuesday. «I thought that he [Alexandre Benalla] was a police officer in charge of the security of the President,» Collomb said and added that he had... Еще just «came across him» among many others. He denied knowing Benalla's absence of authority up until the moment his cabinet director showed him the video depicting Benalla attacking protesters. He repeatedly said that as Interior Minister he isn't in charge of the presidential security and that National Police is in charge of this task. According to Collomb the head of French National Police «Ms. Frederic Aureal asserted that he didn't know of any dysfunctions.» On Monday, Collomb testified in front of the National Assembly where he called Benalla’s behaviour «violent and inadmissible.» Alexandre Benalla 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 man has been identified as Benalla. Shortly after, Benalla was fired and detained, and is now facing charges of assault and impersonating a police officer.

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