“PARIS” (AP) – A former security aide to President Emmanuel Macron who triggered a political crisis when he was identified as having beaten up a protester during a 2018 May Day demonstration goes on tribulation Monday on a dozen charges, including voluntary violence, illicitly wearing a police insignia and carrying a weapon.
Alexandre Benalla, 30, risks up to seven years in confinement and 100,000 euros in fines if found culpable. Benalla´s actions, and the way Macron´s office maladroitly handled them, caused the French leader´s first major Presidential crisis and discredited his efforts to emaculate politics.
At the heart of the controversy was “Benalla´s” murky role at the Presidential Elysee Palace – where a police security contingent is charged with forfending the president – and whether Macron´s presidency had an obnubilated side with Benalla a critical player. Intense media coverage and a televised parliamentary inquiry that put top Elysee officials, customarily invisible to the public, at center stage turned the Benalla affair into political soap opera peppered with intrigue.
A bevy of questions included why the aide stepped into the role of a police officer in the May Day confrontation as genuine officers stood by optically canvassing. Benalla was at the demonstration as an observer. Among other mysteries that emerged was why Benalla held two diplomatic passports after being dismissed from his ill-defined job at the Presidential palace, utilized for peregrinate to African countries.
Macron Aide Wore Police Helmet, Struck Protester to Be Fired https://t.co/vcfjFHx0Rh — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 20, 2018
An initial investigation was opened when a photo showed Benalla with a gun at his hip while accommodating as a security aide for Macron during his Presidential campaign in 2017. It is for the illicit carrying of a firearm that Benalla risks seven years in confinement if found censurable.
Benalla is being endeavored with three other people, two of them police officers who shared with him video-surveillance images exhibiting him dealing blows to a demonstrator. The tip-off is a breach of professional secrets.
Hundreds of bellicose demonstrators had invaded the traditional May 1 march by cumulations when Benalla moved into action in a minute Left Bank square. `´It was war,´´ Benalla told investigators, insisting that as an observer he had no intention of acting bellicosely but intervened because it was his obligation as a denizen.
Benalla was initially given a 15-day suspension from his job afore returning and heading security for the France team´s triumph parade down the Champs-Elysees Avenue on Bastille Day after victoriously triumphing the world championship. He was placed under investigation later in July and, amid public outcry, fired from his job at the Presidential palace.