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  Macron government survives no-confidence votes over Benalla scandal
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Aug 08, 2018 04:36pm
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AuthorZachary Young
News DateTuesday, July 31, 2018 07:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPARIS — The Benalla scandal, which has rocked French President Emmanuel Macron, took center-stage in parliament Tuesday as lawmakers debated two votes of no-confidence in the government.

The first, brought by Macron’s opponents on the right, was easily defeated. It won the support of 143 MPs, far short of the 289 needed. The second, a proposal from the left, received even less support, just 74 votes.

In theory, a successful vote could have toppled the government led by Prime Minister Édouard Philippe from Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) party. But that was never likely given that LREM holds 312 of the parliament’s 577 seats.

But the parliamentary votes and debate keep the scandal in the spotlight, as it has been since July 18 when Le Monde published video footage of a Macron aide — Alexandre Benalla — assaulting a May Day protester. The story has dominated the French press since then, resulted in multiple dismissals in the Elysée, a parliamentary investigation, and a speech by Macron in which he accepted responsibility and invited critics to “come find me.”
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