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>> It's the video that sparked a political storm and triggered the fiercest criticism of Emmanuel Macron in his 40 months in power. Now, the French president has responded to footage of a member of his entourage beating a protester on May Day by ordering a reorganization of his private office.
Alexandre Benalla, Macron's top bodyguard was caught on camera dragging a woman away from a protest and beating a male demonstrator. On Friday, Macron fired Benalla but faced criticism for not acting sooner. The aid had initially been suspended for 15 days before being allowed back to work. French lawmakers have launched an inquiry into the incident, the lenient punishment and the failure of authorities to report Benalla to the Judiciary.
France's Prosecutor's Office said on Sunday evening that Benalla would be placed under investigation. Over group violence, interference in public service, illegal wearing of a police badge, and two other felonies. But critics say the incident reinforces perceptions of a lofty out of touch President. Following controversies over government spending on official crockery, a swimming pool built at a presidential retreat, and cutting remarks by Macron about the cost of welfare.
French media reported Benalla had been granted perks by the president Including an apartment in a high class area of Paris and a chauffeur driven car. Since winning the presidency, Macron's poll ratings have been steadily falling, down to barely 40%.