Macron aide scandal: French interior minister to face grilling

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PARIS: France’s interior minister was to appear before parliament on Monday as pressure mounted on President Emmanuel Macron over his handling of a former top security aide who has been charged with assault after a video emerged showing him striking a young man during a protest.

Opposition lawmakers have accused the government of a cover-up after press reports claimed interior minister Gerard Collomb knew about the May 1 incident but failed to alert prosecutors.

The security aide, Alexandre Benalla, was charged late Sunday with assault with an accomplice, interfering in police work, impersonating a police officer and illegally receiving surveillance footage.

An associate, Vincent Crase, who is a security agent employed by Macron’s Republic on the Move party, has also been charged, as have three police officers accused of providing police surveillance footage of the protest aimed at proving that Benalla was justified in striking the man.

Following Collomb’s appearance, Paris…

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