A major scandal has erupted in France since the newspaper Le Monde revealed that his colleague Emanuel Macron, a former security official during his election campaign, hit a protester on May Day in Paris.
"The French presidency has decided to start the process of dismissing him Alexandre Benala"Since" based on the new evidence he could be charged with a misdemeanor ", it was announced shortly before Elize after the uproar caused by a video involving Macron's partner in a violent attack.
The revealing video
The video was not new. Basically what the newspaper did Le Monde was to identify the person who is with the police. In the scenes that follow o Benala He even wears - "without being the same policeman", as everyone emphasizes - a police helmet.
Originally the Benala attacks a young girl who pulls him by the neck and immediately returns and attacks even more violently a man who is already lying on the ground, surrounded by MAT. His former security guard Macron he pulls him, hits him and the policemen next to him look at him and as the guy comments "they let him do what he wants without interfering". Immediately after, he quickly moves away from the spot and disappears from the shots.
The identification of Benala was delayed
The scene was originally recorded on the mobile phone of an activist and party member Unruly France and had made the rounds on social media, sparking a first wave of allegations of security violence, as everyone believed the man they saw was a police officer.
All the shots showed a man with a police helmet and the special orange armband that read "police", while there are scenes where the walkie-talkie is holding and talking to him.
Elize's first reactions
According to the first research conducted by the newspaper Le Monde the director of his office Macron was immediately informed by another associate who was in front of the incident. "I saw the shots and called him the same day to confirm that it was him," he said. Patrick Strzonda. According to his statements, he immediately informed the president who allegedly told him that "measures must be taken".
Since then, many journalists have addressed Emanuel Macron questions about the case, but each time the French president refused to answer or comment. It was Elize's spokesperson who handled the case through communication.
The initial punishment
In a statement he noted that Benala "He had asked for permission to closely monitor the police operations" and that this permission had been given to him. However, as he noted, with his behavior, he far exceeded his responsibilities and for this reason he was punished with a 15-day mandatory holiday and suspension of payment.
"This measure punishes unacceptable behavior and was imposed as a final warning before his dismissal," the spokesman said, adding that it was "the largest sentence ever imposed on an employee of the Presidential Palace."
The punishment, which was characterized by the opposition as very lenient, provoked reactions in its turn and finally the case has taken the path of justice, as the Prime Minister stated speaking to the Senate yesterday. Edouard Philippe. According to the announcement of the Paris Police Directorate, a preliminary investigation was launched yesterday.
Macron's partner, Alexandre Benala, is now formally charged with abuse of office, violent assault on a citizen and a number of other offenses. And as of today he is officially unemployed.