How Emmanuel Macron’s bullying security aide exposed a lofty president out of touch and out of his depth

Strong characters naturally elicit strong reactions. But even allowing for the polarisation of modern politics, Emmanuel Macron is as a truly insufferable figure to his opponents. Just as – on the other side of the same coin – is Donald Trump.

With Mr Trump is the unapologetic boorishness that sends liberals blind with fury; with Mr Macron – like Barack Obama, or Tony Blair before him – it is that air of radiating sanctimony that so rankles; a sense of entitlement that exceeds honest self-belief.

Which is why the “Benallagate” scandal is so damaging to Mr Macron – both the event itself, and its subsequent cover-up and mishandling by an Elysee Palace that has taken so much pride itself in holding…

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