PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron has decided to dismiss the bodyguard, who was picked up on a May day after "new facts" about the alleged wrongdoing became known, the president's office said Friday.
Alexandre Benalla, French presidential assistant, is seen during the Union rally on May 1
The man was also interrogated on Thursday by police incident, said the prosecutor's office separately.
Macron came under fire after the newspaper Le Monde announced that his office had temporarily suspended the bodyguard for beating the demonstrators and posing as a police officer nearly three months ago, but did not inform the law enforcement authorities.
"New facts that could make Alexandre Benalla appear as an offense have been brought to the attention of the President," a Presidential Palace official told Reuters.
"As a result, the presidency has decided to initiate Alexandre Benalla's release," the official added.
In the video, a man wearing a police helmet and a dog tag was shown pulling away a woman and striking a demonstrator on May 1. Later he was recognized as a member of the French Presidency.
The controversy has dominated media coverage in France over the last 24 hours. Opposition leaders criticize Macron for failing to dismiss and silence the adviser immediately.
Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey and Caroline Pailliez; Letter from Michel Rose; Edited by John Irish