Alexandre Benalla, French presidential aid, is seen during the May Day labour union rally in Paris, France May 1, 2018.REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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Police, who had hauled the man from the crowd before Benalla took over, didn't intervene.Benalla, who hasn't commented on the matter, handled Macron's security during the presidential campaign.Condemning the "unacceptable behavior," Macron spokesman Bruno Roger-Petit said that Benalla was also removed from his responsibilities of organizing security for presidential trips – though he maintains his office at the Elysee Palace.It was unclear why the young man under attack, who wasn't detained, was singled out by police before Benalla intervened.They are typically equipped and briefed in advance, and the framework is "completely clear," Philippe Capon told BFM-TV. He couldn't say why police didn't stop Benalla.
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