PARIS – Legislators of the party led by President Emmanuel Macron quoted him in tweets Tuesday night stating that he takes full responsibility in a scandal involving a former security chief who was seen in a video about a demonstrator has been.
The tweets are showing photos of Macron at an unannounced Tuesday evening meeting with ministers and members of parliament who made his first comments since the scandal six days ago.
Aurore Berge, a parliamentary spokeswoman for the Macron centrist party, tweeted quotes the president said: "The only person in charge is I. They can come and get me."
Legislator Bruno Fuchs quoted Macron as saying May Day action of the security adviser Alexandre Benalla was "a betrayal for me".
Macron, a centrist who created his own political life party with the promise of a model presidency, has been faced with a major political crisis since the revelation last week by the newspaper Le Monde that the man who watched the Internet video Being violent with protesters would be a top security guard for the president.
Benalla has been summoned along with four others, including three senior police officers.
A parliamentary inquiry is in progress to learn why Benalla was not fired in May, witnessing with ministers, the police chief and top officials of the President's Palace. But opposition politicians have urged Macron to break his silence.
Tuesday's parliament session was electric as lawmakers mewed the prime minister with questions noisily. Work on a constitutional revision has been stopped and an opinion poll shows that Macron has lost support.
Berge later told BFM-TV that Macron had told the rally that he was not a fair weather president and suggested that other officials should not accept the blame. The press speculates about which ministers or officials could lose their jobs.
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