French authorities have started investigation against the aide of president Emanuel Macron after was seen beating protesters on video recording. Allexandre Benalla was recorded in May 1 demonstration in video released by French Le Monde newspaper.
He was wearing police helmet dragging woman away before hitting a young boy. Parish prosecutors said on Thursday they are investigating the matter following public condemnation. Spoke person of Macron condemned Benalla’s behavior emphasizing that he had only deployed been deployed as an observer and not to involve himself.
After the incident, he brought back to the president security team after brief suspension of 15 days. The incident was not reported to law enforcement authority.
Several people criticized Macron accusing him of acting above the law. The president has not publicly commented on the act of his aide.
President of the conservative Republicain Laurent Wauquiez condemned the act calling it very shocking
Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon told reporters: “If we accept that anybody can be a policeman alongside the police, then we no longer have the rule of law.”
French Labor unions holds regular demonstrations every year on May 1 in France to highlight workers plights but clashes with police is always not Common.