France: Interior Minister Collomb testifies over Benalla case

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb testified in front of the National Assembly in Paris on Monday, over the case of Alexandre Benalla, a security aide of French President Emmanuel Macron, who was filmed beating up protesters on May 1 while undercover. «Regardless of the context — and I think it was violent — it is inadmissible,» said Collomb of the footage featuring Benalla. Collomb... Еще stated that, while «some people» might be authorised to attend law enforcement operations, «it would, of course, be out of the question for anyone to take an active part, outside of the confines of the law, in police interventions.» Explaining why he didn't refer the case to the prosecutor, Collomb defended himself that 'it is not the Minister's job to do so.' 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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