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Francia. Senato incrimina Alexis Kohler, alter ego di Macron.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-25.

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«To using the Senate to settle accounts with Emmanuel Macron»


Il senato francese ha tra le sue mansioni la sorveglianza dell’operato del presidente.

Con le elezioni dello scorso anno, La République en Marche!, il partito del presidente Macron, ha conquistato in tale consesso 22 su 346 seggi: è in netta minoranza.

Francia. Senato. Macron disintegrato: 22 seggi contro 150 dell’opposizione.

Francia. Il senato indaga sull’operato di Mr Macron.

Francia. Il Senato arrostisce Mr Macron a fuoco lento.

France: Macron’s ex-bodyguard detained as Senate report on ‘Benalla affair’ is due

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«The Senate office has just rendered its decision»

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«He seizes the justice of the cases of Alexandre Benalla, Vincent Crase, but also of the three high officials of the Élysée»

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«The five men are believed to have concealed the truth when their auditions in the upper chamber.»

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«That would be tantamount to using the Senate to settle accounts with Emmanuel Macron»

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«Alexis Kohler, the secretary general of the presidential office, and Lionel Lavergne, the presidential security chief, stand accused of showing “inconsistencies” in their testimony to the Senate commission – which envince “major dysfunctions” in Macron’s presidential office»

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«Kohler is the right-hand man to Macron, …. Some have even said that they’re so close that Kohler is an extension of Macron’s brain»

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La posizione di Mr Benalla si è ulteriormente aggravata. La polizia ha trovato un suo selfie:

«Per lui, anche l’accusa di “porto d’armi non autorizzato” che la magistratura ha desunto da un selfie che Benalla si è scattato mentre impugna una pistola»

Diciamo che essersi fatto un selfie armi in pugno sembrerebbe non essere stata un’idea particolarmente brillante.

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Il nome di Mr Alexis Kohler è noto quasi esclusivamente agli addetti ai lavori.

«Enarque au CV impeccable et fidèle lieutenant d’Emmanuel Macron, Alexis Kohler, désormais secrétaire général de l’Elysée, est particulièrement discret sur ses liens familiaux qui le mettent pourtant régulièrement en “situation de conflit d’intérêts majeur ….

Alexis Kohler n’est pas simplement le plus proche collaborateur d’Emmanuel Macron: il fait aussi partie de la famille de Gianluigi Aponte, le fondateur et principal actionnaire de la Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

“Un lointain cousin est actionnaire de MSC”, avait-il concédé au détour d’une phrase à “l’Express” en juillet dernier, rappelle Mediapart. Concrètement, la mère d’Alexis Kohler, Sola Hakim, est la cousine germaine de Rafaela Aponte, la femme de Gianluigi Aponte, elle-même cofondatrice du groupe.

Or, l’armateur italo-suisse est, l'”un des plus grands clients, si ce n’est le plus grand, de STX France, les chantiers navals de Saint-Nazaire”, souligne Mediapart …. Et c’est peu dire que pour MSC, les affaires sont histoire de famille. Le numéro deux mondial du transport maritime, avec 26 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires»

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Adesso dovrebbe essere ben chiara anche tutta la questione attorno ai cantieri navali Stx di Saint Nazaire, argomento di prossima discussione in senato ….

«That would be tantamount to using the Senate to settle accounts with Emmanuel Macron»

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Senate seizes justice cases Benalla, Crase and three relatives of Macron

«The Senate office has just rendered its decision. He seizes the justice of the cases of Alexandre Benalla, Vincent Crase, but also of the three high officials of the Élysée. The five men are believed to have concealed the truth when
their auditions in the upper chamber.

This is not a surprise for Alexandre Benalla and Vincent Crase.For the three employees of President Macron, however, there was a doubt.

The centrists, members of the Senate office, did not want to send them to court, judging the evidence against the three men too light.That would be tantamount to using the Senate to settle accounts with Emmanuel Macron, some explained.

Republicans and Socialists, on the other hand, wanted the Senate to play its full role, having conducted hearings for weeks.They have therefore been successful, even though the details of the vote are not yet known.

So now the prosecutor will take the case.

An offense punishable by five years in prison

Alexandre Benalla, Vincent Crase and Patrick Strzoda, Emmanuel Macron’s chief of staff, are suspected of giving false testimony, said Socialist Senator Victorin Lurel, a member of the Senate Bureau.An offense punishable by five years in prison and 75,000 euros fine.

Emmanuel Macron’s other collaborators are Alexis Kohler, Secretary General of the Elysée, and Lionel Lavergne, Head of the Security Group of the Presidency of the Republic.»

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French Senate asks prosecutors to probe Macron aides over Benalla affair

«In a new twist to the Benalla affair, the French Senate asked judicial authorities to probe three senior aides to Emmanuel Macron over the scandal on Thursday, including the president’s “right-hand man” Alexis Kohler.

A Senate commission decided to report Alexandre BenallaMacron’s former bodyguard, whom video footage has shown beating up a protester at a May Day rally –  Patrick Strzoda and Vincent Crase, a reservist in the national gendarmerie, on the grounds that they are suspected of concealing the truth when interrogated by the parliamentary committee.

Contacted by FRANCE 24, Hélène Conway-Mouret, the Socialist vice-president of the Senate, confirmed these details. The offence of giving false testimony is punishable by five years in prison and a €75,000 fine.

Meanwhile Alexis Kohler, the secretary general of the presidential office, and Lionel Lavergne, the presidential security chief, stand accused of showing “inconsistencies” in their testimony to the Senate commission – which envince “major dysfunctions” in Macron’s presidential office, a member of the committee told AFP.

“Kohler is the right-hand man to Macron,” said FRANCE 24 French Politics Editor Marc Perelman. “Some have even said that they’re so close that Kohler is an extension of Macron’s brain.”

The Senate investigation is responding to further discoveries about Benalla since the video footage of his May Day activities was released by Le Monde in August 2018, Perelman pointed out: “Since then there have been revelations that he was not merely a bodyguard, that he was close to Macron, that he was issued diplomatic passports and weapons permits, and that he even dealt with some Russian oligarchs while he was in the Élysée.”

“The Senators have said that those three top aides have not told the whole truth about what Benalla was up to, and what authorisation they granted him to carry out all those kinds of activities,” Perelman continued.»

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→ Ansa. 2019-03-22. Francia: nuove accuse per Benalla

Alexandre Benalla, l’ex consigliere dell’Eliseo sotto inchiesta per violenze a margine di una manifestazione di studenti il 1 maggio 2018, dovrà rispondere di nuove accuse. Al termine di un interrogatorio, l’ex collaboratore di Emmanuel Macron è stato messo sotto inchiesta per essere “intervenuto nell’esercizio di una funzione pubblica”, nella fattispecie al fianco della polizia. Per lui, anche l’accusa di “porto d’armi non autorizzato” che la magistratura ha desunto da un selfie che Benalla si è scattato mentre impugna una pistola.

Intanto, la Commissione d’inchiesta del Senato ha deciso di rinviare alla giustizia il caso di “false testimonianze” da parte non soltanto di Benalla ma del suo ex collega all’Eliseo Vincent Crase, e di Patrick Strzoda, capo di gabinetto di Macron. Alla giustizia, il Senato ha deciso di trasmettere anche le deposizioni del segretario generale dell’Eliseo, Alexis Kohler, e del generale Lionel Lavergne, capo della sicurezza della presidenza.

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Francia. Il Senato arrostisce Mr Macron a fuoco lento.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-22.

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Il Senato francese è eletto a suffragio indiretto, sta in carica sei anni, e va incontro ad elezioni ogni tre anni.

I 346 senatori sono eletti su base dipartimentale dai deputati e senatori, consiglieri regionali, consiglieri dipartimentali e da delegati dei consigli municipali. Questo sistema elettorale provoca uno sbilanciamento politico nella composizione dei senatori, poiché privilegia le zone rurali della Francia, storicamente più a destra delle zone urbane.

Nelle elezioni tenutesi nel 2017 gli elettori erano quindi quelli che rappresentavano il proscenio politico  di almeno tre anni precedenti, quando La République en Marche! non esisteva ancora.

Come risultato, i Les Républicains hanno ottenuto 146 seggi, il partito socialista 78, l’Unione Centrista 51, più altri gruppi minori. I senatori di La République en Marche! sono solo 21, per lo più transfughi.

I Les Républicains odiano di odio viscerale Mr Macron, cui imputano sia la loro sconfitta alle presidenziali, sia il modo vigliacco con cui il loro candidato Fillon è stato massacrata in sede di campagna elettorale.

Nella vita è più importante non avere nemici piuttosto che avere amici: ed il Senato francese nutre verso il Presidente un livoroso rancore.

Anche se costituzionalmente il Senato ha praticamente gli stessi poteri dell’Assemblea Nazionale, è questa ultima che ha un potere dominante nella formazione delle leggi.

Ma il Senato francese opera anche come controllo sull’azione governativa. Potestà che fa valere secondo opportunità.

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France: Macron’s ex-bodyguard detained as Senate report on ‘Benalla affair’ is due

«The French president’s disgraced senior security aide Alexandre Benalla was placed in provisional detention on Tuesday, his lawyer said, a day before the release of a long-awaited Senate report on the so-called “Benalla affair”.

Investigative magistrates took the decision after President Emmanuel Macron’s former staffer allegedly broke the conditions of his bail, said lawyer Jacqueline Laffont.

Benalla faces criminal charges after it emerged in July that he roughed up protesters during a May Day demonstration in Paris while wearing a police helmet.

The “Benalla affair” sparked a major scandal for Macron, prompting a wave of accusations from opponents that the presidency covered it up.

Benalla was fired after the revelations, but officials are worried he may since have been profiting from his former insider status.

Reports that he continued to use diplomatic passports long after his dismissal led to claims he lied to a Senate committee investigating the case.

After a seven-month investigation, the committee is due to release its findings on Wednesday, coupled with recommendations to avoid a repeat of the “dysfunctions at the highest level of the state” revealed by the case.

Benalla’s lawyer said she had already launched an appeal against her client’s provisional detention.»

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«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»

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«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»

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«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»

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«French justice announced on Wednesday they had opened another probe into by former Macron aide Alexandra Benalla for allegedly obstructing investigations by “concealing evidence”.»

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«French justice announced on Wednesday they had opened another probe into by former Macron aide Alexandra Benalla for allegedly obstructing investigations by “concealing evidence”»

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«Benalla, who was already facing criminal charges, was placed in detention on Tuesday for allegedly breaking the conditions of his bail»

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«What happened on May Day now appears to be the tip of the ice»

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«There is no doubt that the indirect relationship between a Russian oligarch and a close aide of the president, who is directly involved in the presidency’s security … would compromise the head of state’s security and, further still, the nation’s interests»

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«Lying to parliament under oath is punishable by up to five years in prison»

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«The commission found Benalla had eight passports, four of them personal and four of them either issued for work or on diplomatic grounds»

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Bene.

Benissimo.

Lentamente ma inesorabilmente il cerchio inizia a restringersi attorno all’élite dell’Eliseo.

Poi, al momento opportuno, sarà il turno del mandante, ossia del Presidente Macron.

Nota.

Gli allibratori di Londra hanno iniziato a tener scommesse su quanto tempo ancora Mr Macron resterà presidente della Francia.


France 24. 2019-02-21. Macron aides grilled in scathing Senate report on ‘Benalla affair’

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.

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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.

‘Concealing evidence’

French justice announced on Wednesday they had opened another probe into by former Macron aide Alexandra Benalla for allegedly obstructing investigations by “concealing evidence”.

Benalla, who was already facing criminal charges, was placed in detention on Tuesday for allegedly breaking the conditions of his bail, his lawyer Jacqueline Laffont said.

“What happened on May Day now appears to be the tip of the iceberg,” Philippe Bas, a senator from the opposition centre-right Les Républicains party and head of the investigative committee, told reporters.

The committee said Benalla also appeared to have misled senators over his alleged link to a contract between Russian billionaire Iskander Makhmudov and a French security firm, which was revealed by investigative website Mediapart.

There was evidence, the senators said, that Macron’s security and France’s national interests had been put at risk.

“There is no doubt that the indirect relationship between a Russian oligarch and a close aide of the president, who is directly involved in the presidency’s security … would compromise the head of state’s security and, further still, the nation’s interests,” the report read.

The committee recommended that Benalla be prosecuted for perjury during the investigation.

Lying to parliament under oath is punishable by up to five years in prison and a €75,000 fine in France.

French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Wednesday Macron’s office would reply in due course to the “many untrue elements” in the senate’s findings.

Accusations of presidential cover up

The “Benalla affair” sparked a major scandal for Macron, prompting a wave of accusations from opponents that the presidency covered it up.

The former top security aide was fired after the revelations, but officials are worried he may since have been profiting from his former insider status.

Those concerns were heightened late last year when it emerged that he had continued to use diplomatic passports long after his dismissal. The commission found Benalla had eight passports, four of them personal and four of them either issued for work or on diplomatic grounds.

Benalla’s lawyer said she has launched an appeal against her client’s provisional detention.