French President joked that the fired bodyguard was not his lover

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French President Emmanuel Macron has addressed MPs over the scandal involving his bodyguard who was caught beating the May Day protestors. “Alexandre Benalla has never earned €10,000, neither has Alexandre Benalla ever been my lover,” said Macron. “Alexandre Benalla is someone who was with us during the [presidential] campaign, with lots of courage and engagement,” he went on, saying that bodyguard served him well, so he was deeply upset and disappointed about the incident. The incident, published by French newspaper Le Monde, shows Benalla impersonating a police office and hitting a man on the Place de la Contrescarpe in Paris before leaving. Later he was charged with gang violence. The Elysee Palace, the official resident of the president, kept the assault quiet for more than two months despite knowing about the incident the following day.

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