France's Macrons blunt response to bodyguard scandal angers

Mar 2012
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Anyone following this? Kind of crazy stuff..

French President Emmanuel Macron came under fresh criticism from opposition leaders on Wednesday after appearing to dare opponents to take him on over a scandal surrounding his senior bodyguard and ripping into the media in front of supporters.

Critics say Macron’s office failed to properly punish Alexandre Benalla, the head of his security detail, or refer him promptly to judicial authorities over an incident which has sparked the biggest political crisis of his tenure.

Footage showed Benalla, who was fired on Friday, hitting a male protester and dragging away a woman while off duty and wearing a riot helmet and police tags. The presidency said on Wednesday that Benalla’s office at the Elysee palace had been searched as part of a judicial inquiry into the matter, but gave no other details. Appearing at a closed-door event in front of his own lawmakers and ministers on Tuesday, Macron said he alone was responsible for what happened. “If they want to hold someone responsible, he is standing before you, they can come and get him,” he said, in a video leaked to the media.

“It’s sort of giving the finger, what he did yesterday night, a finger to the opposition, journalists, the press, and even the French when he says ‘They can come and get me’,” Bruno Retailleau, the head of the conservative party in the upper house of parliament, told France 2 television. Far-left lawmaker Alexis Corbiere accused Macron of trying to bully the opposition.

Macron also slammed the media, echoing language that has been used by U.S. President Donald Trump to defend his own actions. “We have a press that is no longer pursuing the truth,” Macron said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-macron-aide/macrons-blunt-response-to-bodyguard-scandal-sparks-fresh-anger-idUSKBN1KF1NV?il=0
 
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The Man

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Macron seems to try often to act tough, as if he is compensating for something... lol
 

The Man

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He really shouldnt want the comparison to Trump...Fake news...lol
I gotta say, I never heard of crap like this, in any other country.

Except, of course, Erdogan's bodyguards beating up people, including in the US, btw: US Dismisses Charges Against 11 Erdogan Bodyguards Involved in Washington Brawl

There was also this elderly WWII veteran, who attempted to approach Putin on Red Square during a holiday celebration, and was shoved aside by a bodyguard; Putin then angrily chided the bodyguard for disrespecting the veteran, and called the old man over

Some say that one was a staged event for propaganda lol Who knows...
 
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