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Macron's former bodyguard Benalla in custody over diplomatic passports row

Macron's former bodyguard Benalla in custody over diplomatic passports row
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By Cristina Abellan Matamoros
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French president Emmanuel Macron's former bodyguard and security adviser, Alexandre Benalla, has been placed in custody as part of an investigation concerning his use of diplomatic passports, said the Paris prosecutor's office.

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French president Emmanuel Macron's former bodyguard and security adviser, Alexandre Benalla, has been placed in custody as part of an investigation concerning his use of diplomatic passports, said the Paris prosecutor's office.

Video of Benalla attacking protesters during a May Day rally surfaced last year and lead to him being let go from his role for violent conduct.

He once again came under the spotlight at the start of January 2019 after he told French media that he regularly spoke to the French president, contradicting what the Elysee Palace said about Macron distancing himself from the bodyguard since he was let go. 

Benalla said he had returned the diplomatic passports when he was dismissed but got them back through government staff in October.

However, the Elysee said on Monday that it only became aware of Benalla's travels with the diplomatic passports in mid-December, after journalists made public his trip to Chad.

Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary inquiry into Benalla's misuse of diplomatic passports despite

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