French Senate to Alert Prosecutors to Suspected Perjury in Macron's Ex-Aide Case

© AP Photo / Ludovic Marin/Pool In this picture dated Feb. 24, 2017 French president Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the 55th International Agriculture Fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, France, as Elysee senior security officer Alexandre Benalla, right, looks on
In this picture dated Feb. 24, 2017 French president Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the 55th International Agriculture Fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, France, as Elysee senior security officer Alexandre Benalla, right, looks on - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The French Senate’s executive body agreed Thursday to refer three senior officials in the president’s administration to prosecutors on suspicion of false testimony in a case involving Emmanuel Macron’s former security aide Alexandre Benalla.

"After hearing [Senate Vice-President] Valerie Letard's report, the bureau decided by a majority vote to ask the Senate president to report to the Public Prosecutor's Office … suspected perjury committed by Patrick Strzoda, chief of staff of the Republic’s president," the press release read.

Emmanuel Macron, center, flanked by his bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, left, visits the Agriculture Fair in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The 26-member panel also pointed to "inconsistencies and contradictions" in the statements to its investigative committee by Macron’s most senior aide Alexis Kohler and head of security services Lionel Lavergne.

READ MORE: Macron's Ex-Aide Benalla Faces Illegal Weapon Possession Charge — Reports

Benalla was fired in August after he was caught on tape beating protesters at a May 1 rally. He was charged with multiple offences, including violent acts, interfering in the work of public services, wearing an official insignia without authorization, concealing video materials and breaching professional secrecy. Benalla argued he tried to help police confront offenders.

READ MORE: French Senate Commission Calls for Prosecution of Benalla for 'False Testimony'

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