President’s handling of Benalla scandal met with anger and disappointment outside Paris

The tricolour was still flying in the villages around the commuter belt town of Joigny in celebration of France’s World Cup win. Local supermarkets were still selling celebratory plastic cups and paper napkins featuring Les Bleus. But the feelgood factor has flopped.

In Paris, the scandal over the presidential bodyguard Alexandre Benalla’s assault on May Day protesters has shocked and outraged. But Joigny, as locals like to remind visiting Parisians,“is not Paris”.

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