Macron to fire aide who beat protester

Michel Rose

French president Emmanuel Macron has decided to fire the bodyguard who was caught on camera hitting a May Day protester after "new facts" emerged about the alleged misdemeanour, the president's office says.

"New facts that could constitute misdemeanour by Alexandre Benalla were brought to the president's attention," an official at the Elysee palace told Reuters.

"As a result, the presidency has decided to start Alexandre Benalla's dismissal procedure," the official added.

Benalla was being questioned by police, a judicial source said separately.