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New video shows Macron aide and associate illegally 'policing' May Day crowds

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Alexandre Benalla (circled, with white hood) and Vincent Crase (circled right) during the arrest of a man in the Jardin des plantes on May 1st. Alexandre Benalla (circled, with white hood) and Vincent Crase (circled right) during the arrest of a man in the Jardin des plantes on May 1st.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s security aide Alexandre Benalla, together with an employee of Macron’s ruling LREM party, Vincent Crase, were involved on May 1st in other incidents before they assaulted a man among May Day crowds at a square in the Latin Quarter of Paris. In a new video obtained by Mediapart, the two men, officially present alongside police as civilian “observers” of crowd-control operations that day, can be seen heavy-handedly joining in the arrest of a man at a public park. The new evidence of their violent and illegal behaviour that day further deepens the scandal of a suspected cover-up of their actions by the presidential office and senior police hierarchy.

Macron security aide Benalla fired and taken into custody

French President Emmanuel Macron's personal security aide Alexandre Benalla, who was revealed this week to have assaulted May Day demonstrators while wearing a police helmet and armband ID during what was supposed to be a mission of observation of crowd control police, has been fired and taken into custody for questioning as the scandal spread to allegations of a cover up involving France's interior minister and senior presidential staff. 

Minister says anti-Macron protestors 'complicit' in demo violence

French interior minister Gérard Collomb has ignited a fierce row after accusing union organisers of recent nationwide street marches against government policy, during which there have been violent attacks by extremist anti-capitalist groups on shops, banks and vehicles, of being 'accomplices' to the events by not preventing them.

Domestic entourage behind most murders of women in France: study

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More than half of the murders of women in France in 2015, excluding victims of terrorist attacks, were committed by members of their domestic entourage, and of these the majority were carried out by current or former husbands and partners. The startling figures emerge from a study by an official French statistics agency, which found that women most at risk from their domestic environment are aged between 15 and 35 and live in rural areas. Louise Fessard reports.

 

Bastia fans attack Lyon players forcing abandon of Ligue 1 tie

Fans from Corsican side Bastia twice invaded the pitch during the League 1 match against Lyon, when a steward was suspected of joining a group who attacked the visiting players, forcing the match to be delayed and finally abandoned. 

Lyon-Besiktas Europa League match marred by crowd violence

Fighting between fans at the Europa League quarter final tie in France between Lyon and Turkish side Besiktas was marred by ugly scenes of violence between fans both before the game and during it, causing a delay in the match as crowds fled onto the pitch to escape the mayhem in the stands.

French socialists call off conference amid fears of violent protests

Party boss Jean-Christophe Cambadélis said militants were threatening to attack party members in Nantes where conference was due to be held.

Official Russian football supporters' head to be deported from France

Alexander Shprygin was among 43 fans held on Tuesday in southern France after serious violence et Russia’s Euro 2016 clash with England in Marseille.

Russia team given Euro 2016 'suspended disqualification', fans detained

UEFA also fined the team 150,000 euros for rioting during match against England in Marseille, while Russian fans' coach was intercepted in Cannes.

Britain's Euro 2016 policing chief denounces 'tooled up' Russian gangs

Assistant chief constable Mark Roberts said his police spotters saw Russian 'Ultras' putting on gum shields and martial arts gloves before Marseille violence.

England fans arrested after Marseille brawls

Two England fans were arrested after clashes with local youths in the Old Port district of Marseille ahead of Saturday's England-Russia Euro 2016 match.

French police face 48 complaints of violent behaviour at demonstrations

Nationwide demonstrations against labour law reforms have seen fierce battles involving protestors and police, causing serious injuries.

French interior minister warns of tougher policing of protests

Bernard Cazeneuve was speaking after regular violence during weeks of protests against labour law reforms, with casualties among police and protestors alike.

French police plan demonstration against 'anti-cop hatred'

Police unions call a national protest on Wednesday over accusations of their violent behaviour during recent demonstrations against labour law reforms.

Charities denounce police and militia 'attacks on migrants' in Calais

UK and French associations report children are among victims who have suffered stabbings, broken bones, severe bruising and head trauma.