The controversy continues about the photo of the French President with the two black gangsters: One of the two has just been put behind bars for drug dealing.
When Emmanuel Macron visited the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin to inspect the reconstruction work after the island was hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, he was pictured alongside two gesturing shirtless black gang members, which led to many suggesting that Macron was unfit for office.
French opposition forces denounced the clear lack of respect for the presidential function.
And his problems keep mounting as information has been released showing one of the gang members posing with the French leader, to have been arrested on drugs charges, Italian daily Il Giornale reported.
The gangster Reaulf Flemming, who posed with Macron during his official visit to the French Antilles, has been arrested for dealing drugs.
Saint-Martin gendarmes raided the gangster’s home, but when they arrived, he attempted to flee the scene by kicking one of the officers. He was however eventually detained.
A drug-sniffing dog found him in possession of drugs. Flemming has been sentenced to eight months in prison for drug trafficking and resisting arrest, according to Le Parisien.
According to the local newspaper Le Pelican, the Saint-Martin gendarmes checked the house of the young man who at the time of the search was in the company of about ten people and at the sight of the police, the young man tried to escape.
Macron had defended his decision to take the picture with the two gangsters, one of whom showed the middle finger – an obvious provocative attitude – saying everyone deserved a “second chance”. But it appears that Flemming, the relative a a drug kingpin on the island, has just abused his second chance.
Macron’s popularity has meanwhile been plummeting to new lows. A recent Odoxa poll shows that 66 percent of French voters disapprove of his presidency.
Commenting on Emmanuel Macron’s controversial selfie in an interview with French magazine Valeurs actuelles, the disgraced presidential bodyguard Alexandre Benalla was categorical: “With me, the photo would never have been taken. The guys would not have touched the President.”
He said he regretted not being in the entourage of the President to control his image. He also pointed out that Emmanuel Macron “has been like a six-week-old rabbit”.
His surprising remarks were ridiculed on social media. Benalla, a Moroccan, was caught earlier this year impersonating riot police to assault protesters and subsequently fired from his job.