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Not so fast: since Benalla has been ID'ed, the whole press has been reviewing all their photos and video recordings of events involving Macron since early May, and boy, is Benalla's face popping all over the place. On Macron's bicycle outing in Le Touquet? Check. During a visit to Claude Monet's house in Giverny? Check. The ceremony for the transfer of Simone Veil's remains to the Panthéon on July 1st? Check. Right behind Brigitte Macron in the official tribune during the Bastille Day parade? Check. Oh, and who is standing near the driver of the open top bus parading the victorious French footbal team on the Champs-Élysées on Monday afternoon? Could it be? You bet.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 01:59:28 PM EST
French people are having a field day on social media.
The trending meme is: Benalla, Benaplusla ("Ben is here, Ben is no longer here")

by Bernard on Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 at 07:24:23 PM EST
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