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French Minister Defends Himself over Violence of Macron Aide

French Minister Defends Himself over Violence of Macron Aide

Monday, 23 July 2018 08:38 AM

PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister has insisted that it wasn't for him to inform judicial officials of violence by a presidential security aide against a May Day protester even though he was informed the following day.

Answering questions Monday from lawmakers, Gerard Collomb said his top aide informed him of a video showing Alexandre Benalla beating up a protester and that both the president's office and police chief had been informed.

The minister said he was later told that the office of President Emmanuel Macron had taken sanctions against Benalla and it wasn't his job to do more.

The failure to immediately inform judicial officials has developed into a major political crisis for President Emmanuel Macron.

Benalla was only publicly identified last week as the man beating a protester on May 1 and handed preliminary charges on Sunday, along with four others, including three ranking police officers.

A parliamentary inquiry commission is trying to determine the facts, including the chain of command and the exact role of Benalla in Macron's office. Collomb, who is in charge of France's security forces, said Benalla is not under his supervision.

Benalla was embedded with police as an observer during the particularly violent May Day protests in which numerous shops and some cars were damaged by ultra-left gangs.

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