Skip to Content

Marine Le Pen; Emmanuel Macron. Photo supplied

Macron comes up short in his response to the #Benalla scandal

French President Emmanuel Macron, while traveling to Bagnères-de-Bigorre (Hautes-Pyrénées), told the journalists of BFMTV and CNEWS he had already said "everything" about the Benalla Affair, before dodging the subject. But French voters want straight answers from their president.

Published: July 26, 2018, 7:26 am

    Read more

    He accused the media of having “published a lot of nonsense”, suggesting that the assault involving his bodyguard was “fake news” even though it was captured on video. “We have a press that no longer seeks truth,” he said. “[The media] says look! Looped images of a scene [of Benalla’s violence], which is unacceptable and which I condemn,” Macron said.

    “Are [the images]shown with the desire to seek the truth and to present facts in a balanced manner?” he said, before answering his own question with a “no”.

    After having broken his very awkward long silence, Macron preferred to joke about his relationship with his 26-year-old former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla. He said Benalla was neither his lover – as the media have speculated – nor had he been given the codes to France’s nuclear arsenal.

    “Alexandre Benalla has never had the nuclear codes… Alexandre Benalla is not my lover,” he said, smiling.

    “If they are looking for the person responsible, the only one responsible is me and me alone,” Macron added, speaking to the MPs from his majority Republic on the Move (LREM) party late on Tuesday. But he added that he was proud of hiring Benalla.

    Marine Le Pen condemned Macron’s efforts to explain himself. “In declaring ‘I am proud to have hired Mr. Benalla at the Elysée’, Mr. Macron does not regret his mistakes, he claims them with a breathtaking arrogance,” she said.

    “The President has lost a lot of his credibility, a lot of stature in which he had invested a lot of energy. Besides, the people of LREM [his party] reveal themselves by showing that they are not interested in transparency, and that they are opponents of democracy,” Le Pen told BFM-TV.

    She also added that “the credibility of the parliamentary commission of inquiry is dead” because the commission’s LREM chairman “wants to prevent the truth from emerging”. Le Pen noted: “It is the Elysée that organised the series of lies for cover, it is the Elysée that organised these measures to protect Alexandre Benalla.”

    Of the two sanctions that allegedly targeted Benalla, “the first was in fact a paid leave of absence and the second a false demotion,” Le Pen added, directly accusing the Elysées of lying.

    Benalla had in fact received his full salary for the month of May, and the 15 days of suspension will be subject to a deduction from the leave entitlements he had of the year, the commission heard.

    Also, “at the request of the Elysée, the Prefecture of Police of Paris has granted him a license to carry the weapon illegally,” Le Pen explained.

    The majority of the Law Commission of the National Assembly have now voted for a new hearing of the director of law and order of the Paris police headquarters, Alain Gibelin, and the Paris police chief Michel Delpuech, as well as those in charge of the CRS 15 unit on duty at the Contrescarpe on 1 May when Benalla assaulted a civilian.

    The deputies complained that the commission of inquiry had not requested the hearing of Alexander Benalla himself, nor the general secretary of the Elysee, Alexis Kohler, nor the spokesman of the Elysee, Bruno Roger-Petit.

    Opposition MPs accross the spectrum have accused the Elysée of a huge cover-up, since the Élysée Palace knew of the assault in May. French daily Le Monde published the damning video more than two months after the assault and Benalla was only taken into police custody two days after the scandal became public knowledge.

    They have called on the president to explain himself to the French public or to appear before a parliamentary committee to be questioned.

    Éric Ciotti of Les Républicains party tweeted that Macron “prefers to explain himself to his own little caste rather than give explanations the French are waiting for”.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    Le Pen’s RN abandons Frexit as AfD gets ready to embrace Dexit

    The head of the list for Marine Le Pen's party in the European elections, Jordan Bardella, ruled out the notion of a Frexit, suggesting that perhaps it was no longer so desirable in an "evolving" Europe.

    Marine Le Pen launches her campaign for the European election

    ParisOn Sunday, Marine Le Pen launched her campaign for the May 26 European Parliament election with an appeal to the Yellow Vest movement in a bid to pressure beleaguered President Emmanuel Macron. She said: ”The battle is now between nationalists and globalists.”

    Act IX: Yellow Vests numbers on the rise

    ParisYellow Vest mobilization is on the rise, with 84 000 demonstrators counted by the Ministry of the Interior this weekend in Act IX of the French movement. Many clashes between protesters and law enforcement broke out, and more than a hundred arrests took place in Paris.

    Germany aims at UN Security Council seat

    New YorkThe new friendship agreement between Germany and France will, according to a statement of the German Federal Government, contain a point confirming the support of the idea of ​​a permanent seat for Germany in the UN Security Council.

    Leftist mayors rebel against Salvini’s migration security decree

    RomeItalian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini insisted on Friday that his migrant and security decree was a State law that must be respected. Salvini is facing a rebellion from leftist mayors who benefit from funding for migrants.

    French fake news spread after arrest of top Yellow Vest

    ParisAccording to fake news, the arrested leader of the Yellow Vests Eric Drouet voted for the National Front in the presidential election of 2017. It appears to be an attempt by the government to split the movement.

    Season 2 of the Benalla Affair: Diplomatic passports and Yellow hearts

    ParisThe disgraced former employee of President Emannuel Macron confirmed that he still has contact with his former boss who asks him for advice on various issues.

    Aid to Ukraine: Barrel without a bottom

    The failed state of Kiev: How corruption makes Ukraine a dysfunctional entity

    Fear of MAD has restored US-Russia parity

    MoscowAn array of new nukes was announced in March this year by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has called for a return to strategic parity between the US and Soviet Union to counter World War III hawks.

    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our readers! This time of year is a truly wonderful and magical one because Christmas is a holiday filled with traditions.

    Go to archive