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It gets worse. It gets much worse.

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 :

  • 10k euro salary (but whatever)
  • The rank of lieutenant colonel in the police reserve
  • A top-level access card to parliament
  • A mission to unify the President's various security services into a US style secret service, he was due to report back in September
  • The kicker : an apartment which adjoins the Elysée palace, and was formerly used by François Mitterand's mistress and secret daughter

I couldn't possibly draw any scabrous conclusions from any of this. After all, former monarchs had their favourites, and the third estate had no right to have opinions about that. Caligula nominated his horse to the Senate. Etc. Whatever.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 10:33:12 AM EST
And Macron still playing Jupiter?
Have they never thought of hiring a good crisis communication consultant, FFS?

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.

by Bernard on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 07:04:48 PM EST
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hmmm, so the affair promises further salacious readings of Macron's and Banella's relationship?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 07:06:57 PM EST
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This aspect is not commented in the press. But you see people on news shows saying things like : "Probably at some point, a new, very surprising aspect of the affair will come to the fore"...

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

by eurogreen on Tue Jul 24th, 2018 at 07:32:52 AM EST
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Perhaps Macron is too in love with himself to have affairs... and no doubt teacher is keeping a close eye!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jul 24th, 2018 at 10:36:09 AM EST
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