Monday, 20 Aug 2018
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Macron to fire the bodyguard caught on camera-striking protester: Elysee

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron has decided to fire the bodyguard who was caught by protesters on a May day after "new facts" about the alleged wrongdoing were reported, the president said Friday

Man was also questioned by the police on Thursday about the incident, the prosecutor's office said separately

Macron had come under fire after the newspaper Le Monde had announced that his office had temporarily suspended the bodyguard, because he beat the demonstrators and almost gave himself out as a police officer three months ago, but did not inform the law enforcement authorities.

"New facts that could constitute an offense by Alexandre Benalla have been brought to the attention of the President," one official at the Presidential Palace told Reuters.

"As a result … The Presidency has decided to start the dismissal procedure for Alexandre Benalla," the official added.

The video showed a man with a police helmet and an identification tag. A woman was arrested and a protester beaten on May 1st. Later he was recognized as a member of the French Presidency.

The controversy has dominated France's media coverage over the past 24 hours, with opposition leaders Macron criticizing the adjutant for immediately dismissing and silent [1965] [Jean-BaptisteVeyandCarolinePailliez'sreportwritingbyMichelRoseeditedbyJohnIrish)

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