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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

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