Macron's ex-bodyguard handed jail sentence over May Day assaults

The May Day scandal was a humiliation for Macron, who is anticipated to run once more in elections subsequent 12 months.

The court docket mentioned Alexandre Benalla, who was additionally discovered responsible of illegally utilizing diplomatic passports and illegally carrying a weapon, acted with “a feeling of impunity and omnipotence,” a franceinfo reporter current within the courthouse mentioned on Twitter.

The court docket’s sentence was more durable than the 18-month suspended time period sought by prosecutors.

Benalla will serve the one-year sentence at residence with an digital bracelet, media together with BFM TV mentioned.

Macron and his Elysee palace workforce have been sharply criticized in 2018 for not instantly sacking Benalla, who was fired when a video of the incident emerged six weeks later.

The video confirmed Benalla manhandling protesters throughout a police-led crowd management operation. While allowed in as an observer, he ended up collaborating within the operation, carrying police-marked clothes. He has mentioned he simply needed to assist police and did nothing unlawful.

What turned broadly referred to as “the Benalla affair” raised questions on Macron’s extremely centralized governing fashion and the broad powers conferred on the president beneath France’s Fifth Republic. Macron rejected the accusations, saying the Elysee had not sought to guard Benalla.

It was unclear if the ruling might have any impression on Macron’s re-election possibilities in April. Opinion polls presently see him because the seemingly winner and the early marketing campaign has targeted on different points together with immigration and buying energy.

Benalla, 30, informed a Senate committee he had thought he was allowed to make use of the diplomatic passports, however had made a mistake.

“I am not a thug,” he informed a Senate inquiry in September 2018.

The court docket additionally fined Benalla 500 euros ($575).

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