Collomb condemns Alexandre Benalla’s behaviour but said it was not his role to report it

The French interior minister has admitted he was told of a presidential security aide’s attacks on May Day protesters more than two months ago but said it was not his role to report them to the police.

Quizzed by MPs, Gérard Collomb said Alexandre BenallaGérard Collomb’s violent behaviour was unacceptable but that the Élysée adviser’s presence at the demonstrations as an observer was legitimate. However, he admitted he had no idea how Benalla had obtained a police armband and radio.

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