Macron denies arrested bodyguard is his LOVER and says he did not give him the codes for France’s NUCLEAR BOMBS
Alexandre Benalla was sacked after video of him beating protesters emerged
Macron has said he was 'disappointed and betrayed' by his ex-bodyguard, 26
He attacked media coverage of the scandal and denied romantic links with him
By LARA KEAY and PETER ALLEN IN PARIS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 01:56 BST, 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:32 BST, 26 July 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron rubbished baseless claims his disgraced ex-bodyguard was his lover.
Alexandre Benalla, 26, was sacked as Macron's head of security last week after a video of him wearing a police helmet and beating protesters emerged.
He has now been arrested and taken into police custody, with the President branding his actions 'disappointing' and a 'betrayal'.
In a statement to MPs he said Benalla was not his lover and joked he 'did not have access to any codes for France's nuclear weapons'.
He said to his fellow En Marche representatives on Tuesday: 'Alexandre Benalla has never had the nuclear codes … Alexandre Benalla is not my lover.'