12:38 GMT23 January 2021
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    The report comes amid an announcement by the Elysee that General Lionel Lavergne, the head of the Security Group for the Presidency of the Republic (GSPR), would leave his post on 18 May.

    French President Emmanuel Macron’s chauffeur, who was identified as Stephane P., fled police after being caught exceeding the speed limit at Saint-Cloud in the suburbs of Paris, investigative website Mediapart reported.

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    In the incident, which is said to have taken place on 27 February, the driver allegedly refused to stop, but a police officer managed to spot the vehicle’s number plate and traced the car back to the presidential palace in Versailles.

    Stephane P., who is reported to have not been on official duty at the time of the incident, will be judged on 13 January 2020 and will face a maximum three-month jail term, as well as a fine of up to 3,750 euros if convicted.

    The Elysee has so far refused to comment on the ongoing legal process, but assured that as soon as it was informed of the facts, the individual in question was “reassigned” within the Security Group for the Presidency of the Republic (GSPR) as a precaution.

    The alleged incident has drawn much condemnation on social media, with many sharp-tongued users not hesitating to weigh in:

    TWEET: “He may even be promoted to a more important position”.

    TWEET: “Why did he run away? What did he have in the car?”

    TWEET: “He will certainly be appointed Minister of Transport”.

    TWEET: “He thinks he is in GTA…”   

    Another netizen made a reference to another scandal that rocked Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, when his former security aide Alexandre Benalla was filmed tackling a May Day protester in Paris while wearing a police riot helmet a year ago.

    TWEET: “The driver is Benalla?”

    Benalla was fired after the video surfaced online in July 2018, with media outlets accusing the Elysee of attempting to cover up the incident. The former security aide has since been charged with assault, impersonating an officer, and illicitly receiving CCTV footage of the incident; he has, however, denied any wrongdoing.

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