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12:00 AM, July 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 20, 2018

Macron security official filmed hitting protester

One of President Emmanuel Macron's top security officers was at the centre of a potentially damaging scandal for the French leader yesterday after being filmed hitting a protester.

Le Monde newspaper published a video showing Alexandre Benalla striking and then stamping on a young man while wearing a police visor during a demonstration in central Paris on May 1.

Benalla, who is not a policeman and previously worked as a bodyguard, had been given permission to "observe police operations" in central Paris during a day off on the May 1 public holiday, Macron's office said.

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