Minister defends failing to act over Macron aide’s protester attack (Guardian)

Minister defends failing to act over Macron aide’s protester attack (Guardian)

The French interior minister has admitted he was told of a presidential security aide’s attacks on May Day protesters more than two months ago but said it was not his role to report them to the police.

Quizzed by MPs, Gérard Collomb said Alexandre Benalla’s violent behaviour was unacceptable but that the Élysée adviser’s presence at the demonstrations as an observer was legitimate. However, he admitted he had no idea how Benalla had obtained a police armband and radio.

On Sunday, Benalla, 26, a member of president Emmanuel Macron’s inner circle, was put under official investigation for “gang violence” and impersonating a police officer. The charges came after Benalla was captured on video attacking a young man and a woman at a 1 May protest. Read more

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