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On their report, the Senate 'focused on the protection of the president'

A French Senate commission demanded Wednesday an investigation into three close aides to President Emmanuel Macron after finding "major flaws" in the government's handling of a scandal involving security aide Alexandre Benalla.The senators accused the three aides, including Macron's chief of staff, of contradictions in their testimony over the scandal triggered in July by video footage of former security aide Benalla roughing up protesters during a May Day rally.Their report suggested that chief of staff Patrick Strzoda, presidency secretary Alexis Kohler and security chief Lionel Lavergne may have "withheld significant truth" during their testimony, notably about the remit of Benalla’s role as security adviser, and called on prosecutors to look into their statements.The senate's investigative committee also said it had reason to believe Benalla may have lied to them under oath.

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