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“Benallagate”

“Benallagate” - The disgraced former bodyguard at the centre of the biggest scandal of Emmanuel Macron's young presidency is due to appear today before a Senate committee which will quiz him over his close ties to France's leader. Alexandre Benalla made global headlines in July after Le Monde newspaper revealed him as the man filmed roughing up demonstrators at a May Day rally in Paris, posing as a police officer with a police helmet and armband. It was revealed that Macron had known about the incident and did not report Benalla to the authorities. Macron, who campaigned as a new, clean pair of hands in a political class stained by corruption, shrugged off the scandal as a "storm in a teacup".

 

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