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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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