Paris CNN French President Emmanuel Macron is facing a growing crisis as prosecutors confirmed they were investigating a senior aide who was filmed beating up a May Day protester while wearing police insignia. ViolencesPolicieres 1erMai pic. More Videos Video shows Macron aide striking protester Alexandre Benalla, a senior security adviser, was taken into police custody Friday after videos emerged that showed him violently confronting demonstrators, with other police officers close by.
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PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France was caught in a firestorm of criticism on Thursday after an aide from his office was identified in a video posing as a police officer and hitting a protester during a labor demonstration in May. The man seen on the video was identified on Wednesday evening by the newspaper Le Monde as Alexandre Benalla, an aide to Mr. On Friday, the office of Mr. Macron said that it would fire Mr. It was the latest in a string of recent controversies — including influence-peddling accusations against a close aide, a dust-up over an expensive new dinner service , and his scolding of a student — that have fed into accusations that Mr. Laurent Wauquiez, leader of the Republicans, a right-wing party, criticized the president on Europe 1 radio on Thursday morning.
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By Luke Baker , Julie Carriat. But another lingering problem may cast a longer shadow over his presidency: the Benalla Affair. Named for Alexandre Benalla, a year-old former Elysee security chief and Macron bodyguard, it has its roots in May last year when Benalla was caught on video beating a May Day protester. Nine months on, the affair continues to produce a drip-feed of leaks, parliamentary hearings and police inquiries that have kept it nipping at the heels of the presidency.