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Collomb presented 'a clumsy defence at best', says analyst Philippe Moreau-Chevrolet
Collomb presented 'a clumsy defence at best', says analyst Philippe Moreau-Chevrolet

'I considered the facts... were being dealt with on an appropriate level,' Collomb tells lawmakers on Benalla scandal
Questioned over a Macron aide's alleged assault of May Day protesters, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb told French lawmakers on Monday, "Mr Benalla, not being under my direct supervision... and considering that the president's office as well as the Paris police chief had all the necessary information to act... I considered that the facts which had been reported were being dealt with on an appropriate level... and that I did not need to take care of the matter."

'It was up to Macron's office to respond,' interior minister says of Benalla scandal
Facing questions before France’s parliament on Monday, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb defended his handling of the so-called Benalla Affair. Hearings on Monday mark the latest episode in a damaging political scandal for President Emmanuel Macron.

AIDS experts gather in Amsterdam amid fears epidemic could still spiral out of control
A world AIDS assembly opens in Amsterdam on Monday hoping to harness the star power of activists Elton John and Prince Harry to bolster the battle against an epidemic experts warn may yet spiral out of control.

Spain's Popular Party picks Rajoy's successor
Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) on Saturday picked Pablo Casado, 37, to replace Mariano Rajoy after the former prime minister was ousted in a no confidence vote in June.

Inquiry widens into suspected beating of May Day protester by Macron aide
A probe into the suspected beating of a May Day protester by one of French President Emmanuel Macron’s top aides widened Saturday as three policemen were detained and a parliamentary commission summoned the interior minister for a Monday hearing.

Macron aide Benalla, filmed striking May Day protester, to be fired
Emmanuel Macron has decided to fire the bodyguard caught on camera hitting a May Day protester after “new facts” emerged about the alleged misdemeanour, his office said on Friday. The aide has also been detained for questioning by police.“New facts that could constitute misdemeanour by Alexandre Benalla were brought to the president’s attention,” an official at the Élysée Palace, the office of the French presidency, told Reuters.

Macron aide Benalla detained for beating May Day protester
France's Emmanuel Macron fired the head of his personal security detail Friday but faced criticism for failing to act sooner, after video was released showing the man posing as a police officer and beating a protester while off duty in May.

Theresa May calls for new deal with EU on Irish border
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday called on the European Union to strike a new deal to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland and demanded Brussels quickly respond to her 'white paper' plan to avoid a damaging no-deal Brexit.

Probe ordered after top Macron security official hits protester
A French parliamentary commission will hold an inquiry into an incident involving an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron who was filmed striking a protester on May 1, it was announced Thursday evening.Alexandre Benalla, one of the French leader’s top security officers, was at the centre of an escalating scandal for Macron on Thursday after being filmed assaulting a street protester during a May Day demonstration in central Paris.

Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini to sue anti-mafia writer
Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday night he has filed a complaint for defamation against the anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano, one of his most virulent critics.

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