#Journal_Alhuria : Macron to fire senior aide who violently struck May Day protester
French President Emmanuel Macron’s office has begun dismissal proceedings against a senior security adviser who is under investigation for beating up a protester at a May Day demonstration.
Video footage from the protest showed Alexandre Benalla lifting a protester off the ground by his neck and covering the man’s mouth before striking him over the head with his fist.
“The presidency decided to start Alexandre Benalla’s dismissal procedure after new facts that could constitute misdemeanor were brought to the president’s attention,” the Élysée Palace said in a statement Friday.
Bruno Badre, a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor, confirmed Benalla was currently being questioned by police as part of the assault inquiry.
Bernalla had already been suspended for 15 days by the Élysée Palace before its latest step was announced.