Former Elysee senior security officer Alexandre Benalla looks over prior to the start a Senate committee in Paris on September 19, 2018. TAFP / Bertrand GUAY AFP / Bertrand GUAY
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Alexandre Benalla, whose case erupted into a political scandal, with accusations of unchecked abuses of power in the presidential palace, was questioned for more than two hours about the nature of his job as Macron's security shadow.Complaining of what he described as a media frenzy around him, Benalla calmly answered questions about how he came to carry a Glock 43 pistol and to what extent his logistics job overlapped with the self-attributed role of bodyguard.He said much of his role had involved liaising between Macron's political office and the official security body charged with protecting the president, known as GSPR and made up of top-level gendarmes and senior police officers.What turned the incident into a broader political scandal – the most serious of Macron's 15 months in office – was the fact Benalla was fired only after the smartphone video became public on July 19, more than six weeks after the events.
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