Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Alexandre Benalla is not just any bodyguard. He is/was Macron’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
That said the Paris police chief Michel Delpuech in his testimony to the French parliament’s commission of inquiry. …
Delpuech also said he did not know that Macron‘s security right-hand man Alexandre Benalla was there on the 1st of May demonstration. That day Benalla pretended to be a riot policeman, he beat a student to a pulp and to the ground. Just before that, he grabbed a female demonstrator in her neck and drove her away violently.
Officially, Benalla was an observer at the demonstration, but by wearing a police bracelet, helmet, telephone and badge, he pretended to be a riot policeman.
This morning, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said during his hearing that he was “unaware” and that it was a matter between the police and the president.
Macron under pressure to say why aide’s brutality went unreported. French president has offered no reason why Alexandre Benalla remained in Élysée role after attack: here.