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The size of the affair, which is growing by the hour, is due not only to how Benalla was protected, but the mind-boggling list of privileges he had accumulated in Macron's first year of presidency. Off the top of my head, not exhaustive and subject to verification, this 26 year old punk with no qualifications got :
They have done blunder after blunder: first hiding the facts, then offering lame excuses and lies that were disproved within the hour, only to be replaced by more disprovable facts.
As I wrote, Macron is known to favor personal loyalty above all else - not unlike a certain someone across the pond. He wouldn't dump Benalla in May and only did it in panic, last Friday, when the fellow was arrested.
It's a fact that omerta on Presidents' private lives have been completely sacred for the French media... until two presidents ago. It was well known that Mitterand and Chirac put it about, but not commented. But Sarkozy was transparent, in fact he played it up for the magazines... divorced and remarried during his presidency... then, and this was a crucial change, Hollande got crucified by the press (more precisely, ridiculed and humiliated) because he was photographed leaving the Elysée incognito on a motor scooter to meet a lover.
So it can't be a total taboo any more to talk about the extra-marital affairs of a President.
On the other hand, we don't yet have a smoking gun...
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
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