Fake News Firestorm Hits French Presidential Election

Reuters reported today that,

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron is being targeted by Russian media and Internet attacks from within Russia with the goal of helping the election campaigns of his pro-Moscow rivals, his party chief said on Monday.

The comments by Richard Ferrand, secretary-general of Macron’s En Marche!

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, attends a visit in a farm in Montlouis-sur-Loire near Tours

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche!

(Onwards!) party, marked the first direct accusation from a French political party that forces in Russia were trying to influence the outcome of the May election.

Ferrand, who said Moscow looked favorably on the policies of far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centre-right candidate Francois Fillon, urged the government to take steps to ensure there was no “foreign meddling” in the election.

Drawing a parallel with the U.S. presidential election in which U.S. intelligence agencies saw the hand of the Kremlin, he said: “The Americans saw it, but it came too late.”

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