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French Media Confirms Alexandre Benalla Just One of Six Battistelli Bodyguards, Employed at the Cost of €8,000-€10,000 Per Month (for Benalla Alone!)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Older: Victim Card Ends up in Another Blunder for Battistelli and His Six Bodyguards

Benalla selfie
Source: En pleine présidentielle, Benalla dégaine son arme pour un selfie

Summary: A recent article from the French media speaks of the arrangements made in secret by Battistelli, passing an outrageous amount of EPO budget to “a strong-arm Rambo type” (see selfie above)

THE EPO scandals presently surface in French media, which recalls these because of a newer scandal which implicates Macron and — by extension — Battistelli as well. We already wrote about it several times, including in:

  1. Alexandre Benalla, Macron’s Violent Bodyguard, Was Also Battistelli’s Bodyguard
  2. It Wasn’t Judges With Weapons in Their Office, It Was Benoît Battistelli Who Brought Firearms to the European Patent Office (EPO)
  3. Benoît Battistelli Refuses to Talk to the Media About Bringing Firearms to the EPO
  4. Guest Post on Ronan Le Gleut and Benalla at the French Senate (in Light of Battistelli’s Epic Abuses)
  5. The Man Whose Actions Could Potentially Land Team Battistelli in Jail

As we hoped and expected, SUEPO has finally produced a translation of this article. We expected a translation to surface after SUEPO had linked to it. Here is their English [PDF] and German [PDF] translation. As HTML:

Alexandre Benalla, bodyguard of the school of Benoît Battistelli

Published on:

Between two questions about his role at the Elysée, this Wednesday the senators brought up the issue with Alexandre Benalla about his time as a bodyguard to Benoît Battistelli, former President of the European Patent Office, a boss who came in for particular criticism for his heavy-handed treatment of the staff.

On Wednesday 19th, the senators quizzed Alexandre Benalla in particular about his professional background and his position as bodyguard to Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office from 2010 to 2018.

Alexandre Benalla said that he had “never spoken to Emmanuel Macron” or to his cabinet supremo Alexis Kohler, whom he considers as a “great servant of the State” who “had excellent results”. Benoît Battistelli, on the other hand, had an odious reputation, about which a number of senators needed no reminding.

The man in question, who can be proud of the figures which were achieved during his Presidency, has nevertheless been accused of seriously going off-course, seeking to bring down the staff unions by radical means: Preventing the staff organisations from using the premises or the communications resources of the Patent Office, instituting disciplinary procedures against staff representatives, and even
creating a rival union.

Added to these criticisms was the accusation of an authoritarian personality: “All he ever sees are people who he regards as incompetents and incapables, but you can’t be right all of the time and everybody else be wrong”, a union representative told Libération in 2016. A number of suicides which occurred after Benoît Battistelli was appointed have also been attributed to the hellish performance pressures and targets which the new management enforced in a highly competitive sector.

Reading between the lines, the senators seem to want to find out which “school” Alexandre Benalla went to, so as to come across as a strong-arm Rambo type, a “heavy”. Whatever the need for the President of the European Patent Office to have a bodyguard, he felt it strongly enough to engage six of them in the spring of 2016. Why? Someone cut the brakes of his bicycle in the Office car park.

Internally, at the EPO, this bicycle story is generally regarded as somewhat of a fairy tale, a tall tale, or “fake news” intended to help Battistelli justify the massive costs of his half dozen bodyguards. We wrote about the timing back then. It was about the budget. What still isn’t known, however, is what (if anything) António Campinos did about it and whether Bergot still has bodyguards (yes, plural).

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