Paris, Dec 28 (AP) France’s Foreign Ministry is threatening legal action against a former security aide to President Emmanuel Macron amid reports that he continued using his diplomatic passports after being fired for beating a protester. Also Read - France Makes Menstrual Products Free For Students: Here’s How Other Countries Fight Period Poverty

It’s the latest in a web of scandals around Alexandre Benalla, whose association with Macron deeply damaged the president. Also Read - ‘Disgraceful Act’: Here’s How Global Political Leaders Reacted to US Capitol Riot That Left 4 Dead

Le Monde reported this week that Benalla recently traveled to Chad and Cameroon for high-level meetings, and investigative website Mediapart reported that he used diplomatic passports to do so. Also Read - French President Emmanuel Macron Tests COVID Positive, Goes Into Self Isolation For 7 Days

The presidential palace insisted that Benalla no longer has any links to Macron’s office.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said the ministry asked Benalla in July to return his two diplomatic passports but he hasn’t complied. In a statement, she said the ministry “is examining next steps, including legal ones.” (AP) MRJ MRJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.