Macron’s ex-bodyguard handed jail sentence over May Day assaults
The Could Day scandal was a humiliation for Macron, who is predicted to run once more in elections subsequent yr.
The court docket mentioned Alexandre Benalla, who was additionally discovered responsible of illegally utilizing diplomatic passports and illegally carrying a weapon, acted with “a sense of impunity and omnipotence,” a franceinfo reporter current within the courthouse mentioned on Twitter.
The court docket’s sentence was harder 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 group 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. Whereas allowed in as an observer, he ended up participating within the operation, sporting police-marked clothes. He has mentioned he simply needed to assist police and did nothing unlawful.
What grew to become extensively generally known as “the Benalla affair” raised questions on Macron’s extremely centralized governing type and the large powers conferred on the president below 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 affect on Macron’s re-election probabilities 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, instructed a Senate committee he had thought he was allowed to make use of the diplomatic passports, however had made a mistake.
“I’m not a thug,” he instructed a Senate inquiry in September 2018.
The court docket additionally fined Benalla 500 euros ($575).