French President Macron facing two votes of no confidence

French President Emmanuel Macron faces two votes of no confidence

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The French leader is facing two confidence votes amid a political uproar over a former bodyguard and plunging approval ratings. The motions have been tabled by both conservative and socialist lawmakers.

French President Emmanuel Macron with his aide Alexandre Benella (Reuters/P. Wojazer)

A motion of no confidence against French President Emmanuel Macron is up for discussion in France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday. The opposition right-wing Les Republicans party introduced the motion in response to the government’s handling of a political crisis surrounding a presidential security aide.

Emmanuel Macron’s ex-bodyguard Alexandre Benalla was caught on video beating a male demonstrator during May Day protests and dragging away a woman while wearing a police armband — usually worn by plainclothes officers — and a police helmet, even though he is not a police officer.

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Macron faces first political crisis of his tenure

Benalla was fired last week, but opposition leaders criticised the government’s reaction as being too slow. Last week, Macron said he was proud to have hired Benalla, who he described as a “devoted” employee who had “taken an unusual path” professionally.

Les Republicans also took aim at Macron’s refusal to comment on the incident for several days. Christian Jacob, who introduced the motion, accused Macron of displaying arrogance in his response, and of displaying “monarchical leanings.”

A second motion has been put forward by the Socialist party.

Yet Macron appears to be safe in his job for the moment as his centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party holds a solid majority in the lower house.

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Russia 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia (picture alliance/dpa/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/A. Nikolsky)

Macron’s low approval ratings appear to have taken a further hit from the Banalla scandal despite France’s World Cup win

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