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  Macron accused of cover-up over violent security official
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 31, 2018 07:41pm
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AuthorAngelique Chrisafis
News DateFriday, July 20, 2018 01:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionEmmanuel Macron faces the biggest crisis of his presidency over the growing scandal of one of his closest security officials who was filmed being allowed by police to violently assault a young man and woman at the edge of a Paris demonstration while illegally dressed as an officer.

Alexandre Benalla, a member of Macron’s close circle, was taken into police custody on Friday morning, facing possible charges of violence by a public official, impersonating a police officer and the illegal use of police insignia. He also faces charges of complicity in illegally trying to obtain surveillance footage.

A second bodyguard, Vincent Crase, who worked for the French president’s centrist political party La République En Marche, as well as occasionally for the presidency, was also in police custody. A senior Élysée official who runs Macron’s presidential office was also being questioned by police.

The Élysée sacked Benalla on Friday morning, days after the mounting scandal erupted, but opposition politicians have accused the government of a cover-up.
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