Benalla scandal lifts lid on shadowy Élysée 'mission leaders'


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While Alexandre Benalla’s visiting card gave him the title of “Deputy to the cabinet chief” of the French presidency, on his work contract, obtained by Mediapart, his professional duties are summed up in the three words “Chargé de mission”, which means simply ‘mission leader’, an ambiguous description also shared by others behind the doors of the Élysée Palace.