Macron aide scandal: illegally copied CCTV footage given to Élysée ended up on Twitter

The unfolding scandal prompted by videos of the vicious assault of a man during May Day disturbances by President Emmanuel Macron’s private security aide Alexandre Benalla now includes the revelation that confidential police CCTV footage of the events in a Paris square were published on Twitter by supporters of Macron’s party in an attempt to denigrate Benalla’s victim. Screenshots obtained by Mediapart show the images, apparently from a CD copy of the footage given to Benalla by police officers, and which Benalla said he immediately handed to the Élysée Palace, were posted on social media just after Benalla’s thuggish behaviour was revealed by French daily Le Monde – before being removed just hours later.Karl Laske, Pascale Pascariello and Lénaïg Bredoux report.

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Numerous videos circulating in the media since last week show President Emmanuel Macron’s private security aide Alexandre Benalla manhandling a woman and seriously assaulting her male companion in a square of the Latin Quarter in Paris on May 1st.