France 24: Facing questions before France’s parliament on Monday, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb defended his handling of the so-called Benalla Affair. Hearings on Monday mark the latest episode in a damaging political scandal for President Emmanuel Macron.
Top presidential security aide Alexandre Benalla, 26, was charged on Sunday with gang violence after he was caught on video assaulting May Day protesters.
An employee of the ruling party, Vincent Crase, was also charged over the incident, the footage of which went viral on social media. Opposition MPs have accused the Macron government of a cover-up.
A packed room of lower-house National Assembly lawmakers on Monday questioned Interior Minister Gérard Collomb and Paris police prefect Michel Delpuech in the affair that has dominated headlines since the French daily Le Monde revealed it last week. On Tuesday morning, the French Senate’s Law Commission is due to hear Alexis Kohler, the secretary-general of the presidency, on the same matter.