Witness implicates Élysée over disappearance of shamed Macron aide's missing safe

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A key witness in a judicial investigation into the disappearance of a safe belonging to President Emmanuel Macron’s disgraced former security aide Alexandre Benalla has this week given a statement to police that he saw two Élysée Palace staff in possession of the safe, together with Benalla, hours after the latter was forced into hiding in July 2018, Mediapart can reveal. The witness said he was told that the contents of another safe in Benalla's Élysée office and emptied at around the same time contained “sensitive” information relating to both Macron's election campaign and personal matters. Fabrice Arfi, Antton Rouget and Marine Turchi report.

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Little more than a year after taking office, President Emmanuel Macron became engulfed in his first major political scandal, prompted by revelations in July 2018 of how his close personal security aide, Alexandre Benalla, then aged 26, who also had the title of deputy chief of staff to the president, had beaten up a man during May Day marches in Paris while illegally dressed with police insignia.