Macron’s ex-bodyguard Benalla sentenced for assaulting protesters

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Alexandre Benalla was fired after a video emerged showing him being rough with May Day demonstrators in 2018.

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Emmanuel Macron’s former bodyguard has received a three-year sentence for assaulting two young demonstrators during an anti-capitalist protest in 2018, an incident that caused deep embarrassment for the French president.

Alexandre Benalla – who will not be sent to prison after the court suspended two of the three years and ordered him to wear an electronic bracelet for one year – was also convicted of faking documents and illegally carrying a firearm.

Macron, who had made integrity in office a cornerstone of his 2017 election campaign, fired Benalla after a video emerged showing him striking a young man and grabbing a young woman by the neck at a May Day protest in Paris.

The former bouncer, now aged 30, was wearing a police helmet, even though he had only been given leave to attend the protest as an observer.

The presidency was accused of a cover-up for failing to report Benalla to the police until French daily Le Monde revealed the existence of the video two months after the incident.

The case became a significant test for Macron’s presidency.

Read more of this report from The Guardian.

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