France investigates ex-Macron aide's diplomatic passports

The Paris prosecutor's office is investigating possible misuse of diplomatic passports by a former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron who was fired for beating a protester

PARIS -- The Paris prosecutor's office is investigating the possible misuse of diplomatic passports by a former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Paris prosecutor's office said Saturday a preliminary investigation has been opened into possible breach of trust and misuse of an official document.

Benalla has not publicly commented on the passports since the reports came out this week. He has said the Africa trip was private.

Earlier revelations about the French government's handling of the protester's May Day beating, including Benalla's two-week suspension, caused Macron's first major presidential crisis.