France: Former Macron security aide on trial

Source: US News & World Report

“A former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron who triggered a political crisis when he was identified as having beaten up a protester during a 2018 May Day demonstration went on trial Monday on a dozen charges, including voluntary violence, illegally wearing a police badge and carrying a weapon. Alexandre Benalla, 30, faces up to seven years in prison and 100,000 euros ($118,000) in fines if found guilty. Benalla’s actions, and the way Macron’s office clumsily handled them, caused the French leader’s first major presidential crisis and discredited his efforts to clean up politics.” (09/13/21)