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French presidential aide quits as Benalla scandal deepens


  • World
  • Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron's special advisor Ismael Emelien joined a wave of departures from the Elysee as the French leader struggles to rebuild his popularity, sapped by "yellow vest" protests and a scandal surrounding his former security chief.

Emelien, one of Macron's most loyal aides, said on Monday he would leave in late March or early April, while affirming that his departure was unrelated to the so-called Benalla affair.

   

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