Macron Slammed for 'Giving Finger’ With 'Not My Lover' Response to Bodyguard Row | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Macron Slammed for 'Giving Finger’ With 'Not My Lover' Response to Bodyguard Row

On July 24, Macron met with lawmakers from his party La Republique En Marche! and denounced Benalla’s behavior as betrayal.

"I'm to blame. … If anyone is looking for who is responsible, it’s me and me alone. I’m the one who trusted Alexandre Benalla," Macron said later on Tuesday talking to supporters in Paris as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

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His 30-minute speech was not all self-flagellation, as Macron also tried to jokingly defuse rumors that relations between him and Benalla, who was fired last week, were too close.

“Alexandre Benalla has never had the nuclear codes. … Alexandre Benalla is not my lover,” he said.

The French president also took aim at the media, claiming they publish “rubbish” rather than try to find out the truth.

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