Ex-Macron aide shows off with gun amid president's campaign
A French investigative website has published photos of a former security aide of President Emmanuel Macron posing with a gun in a fun photo with a waitress during a campaign stop weeks ahead of the May 2017 election — without any known authorization to be armed.
Alexandre Benalla, 27, was identified in July in an online video as the man seen beating a protester during May Day protests, which triggered Macron's biggest crisis as president. Benalla was subsequently fired and he is facing preliminary charges for violence.
Benalla told the newspaper Le Monde in July that he wasn't armed during the presidential campaign.