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It is extraordinary that Benalla seems to have felt he could engage in some recreational student bashing masquerading as a police officer at a minor event unconnected to a much more serious riot nearby. It seems even the riot police may have objected to his behaviour and helped to "out" him.

Had the matter been dealt with swiftly, and properly, he would have been sacked, tried, and perhaps fined and given a suspended sentence. His close connection to the Presidency would have been a minor embarrassment probably soon forgotten.

As you say, it was the subsequent cover-up which elevated this into a major affair. Was it just an excess of loyalty by Macron and his staff, or is their a culture of cover-up and impunity at the highest levels? Is this part of a pattern of similar events?

Macron already seems vulnerable to charges of arrogance and dreams of omnipotence. This affair is not going to help his public image at all. If he dismisses this as just another example of a hostile press out to get him he may be in for a rude surprise at the next elections.

Sometimes it is the little things that betray what you are truly like, and the French people may not like what they see,

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jul 22nd, 2018 at 08:53:47 PM EST
Yes, the police and gendarmes have been pissed off by Benalla's behavior on several occasions: when the French team arrived from Moscow at CDG airport on Monday afternoon, Benalla tried to run the show and order everyone around, including the Gendarmerie detachment. The colonel in charge that day officially complained to his hierarchy.

At least one police union (not the main police union) filed a criminal suit against Benalla. The page on their web site is rather scathing: "After the cosplay president, the cosplay adviser".

As you stated, it was a combination of both personal loyalty from Macron to those who serve him faithfully, and a culture of cover-up and impunity that is permeating the whole executive, especially the law enforcement part. This is where the Parliament, who has been rather marginalized under Macron, is smelling blood. It's too late to cover-up now.

by Bernard on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 06:57:02 PM EST
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cosplay? - Playboy? Play acting? Pretender? Dressing up as something you are not?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 07:24:23 PM EST
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Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), a contraction of the words costume play, is a hobby in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.
Favorite sources include anime, cartoons, comic books, live-action films, television series and video games.
by Bernard on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 08:19:53 PM EST
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