Macron security aide affair: Alexandre Benalla says he concealed evidence

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Paris prosecutors have refused to broaden the scope of the investigation of the Alexandre Benalla affair into claims that evidence in the case was concealed. This is despite the fact that, according to documents seen by Mediapart, President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide himself claimed that he had arranged for evidence to be hidden. The affair concerns claims – backed by video footage – that Benalla and another official unlawfully took part in the arrest of a May Day demonstrator in a Paris park earlier this year. Pascale Pascariello, Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.

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President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide Alexandre Benalla told police investigators that he had overseen the removal of his personal firearms cabinet from his home, and he also refused to hand over data from his mobile phone or his partner's telephone number as part of the ongoing investigation into claims he unlawfully took part in the arrest of a protester in Paris, Mediapart can reveal.