Alexander Benalla reaffirms, in a recorded interview for the journal de 20h of TF1, not to have “carried” coup during his intervention against demonstrators on the 1st of may in Paris. “There are gestures that are strong, which are fast, but there is no blow,” says the ex-collaborator of the Elysée. His remarks appear to contradict the images which the revelation by The World, July 18, has triggered the most serious crisis suffered by the executive branch since the election of Emmanuel Macron.
A series of videos that shows Mr. Benalla, then deputy head of cabinet of the presidency and key man in the safety device surrounding the head of State, beating and abuse of protesters on the day of the Feast of the work. “What shocks me is that the media have not disseminated the images before and images after” pleads the young man in the excerpt of the interview released in advance by LCI: “that is to say, images that cause my reaction and what happens after that, at the time of the arrest.”
“I do not consider that he has committed a reprehensible act by law, I think just being confronted with people who are thugs, who have committed criminal acts. I had a reaction to a citizen who wanted to help apprehend people who are, for me, of offenders,” he continued, taking up the arguments developed in an interview Thursday at the World.
Alexander Benalla has been indicted in particular for “violence in a meeting”, and may be dismissed by the Elysée. The visibility policy of the case is continuing. After hearing many of the protagonists of the case by commissions of inquiry of the national Assembly and the Senate, two motions of censure will be debated Tuesday by the deputies. His remarks, similar to those required in a first interview to the World on Thursday, seem to contradict the images revealed by the newspaper on 18 July, and which are worth to Mr. Benalla a review for “violence in a meeting”.
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