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Benalla affair: how it happened

Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Courtesy of Taha BouhafsMay 1st A man with a police helmet beating up protesters this, on the sidelines of the traditional May Day protests in Paris UPSOT : REGARDEZ BIEN SA TETE il l''a tabassé par terre ! The man walking away is Alexandre Benalla .. an aide to none other than President Emmanuel Macron The President''s chief of staff had granted authorisation to Benalla to go and OBSERVE the protests alongside police Violence aside, even desguising himself as a police officer is a criminal offense liable to 3 years in prison and a fine of 45 000 euros Fast forward to July 23rd at the opening of a parliamentary hearing on the incident .. According to the Interior minister THIS is what HE knew the day after SOT Gérard Collomb, French interior minister"It was not until I got back from lunch, early in the afternoon, that during one of our daily briefings, my chief of staff informed me of the existence of a video showing acts of violence during May Day protests. He said that Alexandre Benalla had been identified as taking part in the violence. He then told me that he had informed the Paris police chief and that he had brought the case to the attention of the office of the President of the Republic."President Macron was in Australia at the time and reportedly told his staff to deal with the incident appropriately May 3rd Macron''s chief of staff Patrick Strzoda wrote this letter to Benalla DLS lettre de Patrick Strzoda à Benalla "Your behaviour has damaged the exemplarity that is expected, at all times, from agents working with the office of the President. As a consequence, I have decided to suspend you from your duties for fifteen days starting on the 4th of May 2018." Suspended but not fired.. the elysee palace also demoted the employee Yet, newspaper Le Monde says Benalla was given an appartment in central Paris early July He also STILL had a chauffeur-driven car .. AND security clearance to the National Assembly .. 18 july DLS Le monde website Over two and a half months after the incident Le Monde identified the supposed author of police brutality.. as a presidential aide in desguise 20 july TWO DAYS after the explosive article the Elysee Palace fired Benalla The same day he was questionned by police ... 22 july By the end of the week, Benalla was placed under formal investigation for assault, intereference with police work and impersonation of a police officer.. Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en
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