Macron, flanked by Benalla, rides his bicycle as he leaves his home in Le Touquet, France. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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The Elysee Palace said that Alexandre Benalla would be dismissed after "new elements" emerged in the case, namely that he is suspected of unlawfully receiving police surveillance footage in a bid to clear his name.A source close to the inquiry said that three police officers, including two high-ranking officials, have been suspended on suspicion of providing the footage to Benalla.Benalla is facing charges of violence by a public official, impersonating a police officer and the illegal use of police insignia, and complicity in unauthorized use of surveillance footage, the Paris prosecutor's office said.The scandal erupted this week when French daily Le Monde published a video taken with a smartphone showing Benalla, while wearing a police helmet, manhandling and striking a protester during a May 1 demonstration.It was not clear who informed Benalla's superiors of the incident, but a few days later he was suspended without pay for two weeks and transferred to an administrative role instead of organizing security for Macron's trips.
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