Macron's ex-aide behind scandal to appear at Senate probe

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PARIS (AP) A former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron who set off a political scandal after being videotaped beating up a protester says he'll appear before a Senate inquiry commission as requested but only because he has no choice.

The commission, which resumed hearings on Wednesday after a summer break, wants to understand the role of Alexandre Benalla during the May Day demonstration, as well as the nature of his job at the presidential Elysee Palace, which gave him perks and let him carry a gun.

Benalla, who was placed under investigation shortly after the videotape was revealed, told BFMTV he'll "grudgingly" appear, likely next Wednesday.

He got off on a bad foot with senators, calling the commission head a "little marquis."

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