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Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

France's Macron seen winning French presidential vote


French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is a "fake news" target of Russian media and his campaign is facing thousands of cyber attacks, his party chief said on Monday.

With less than three months to go before the first round of the election Le Pen is polling strongly on a nationalist platform of heavily curtailing migration, relinquishing the euro and organising a referendum on France's European Union membership.

In an opinion piece in the daily Le Monde on Tuesday headlined "Russia must not be allowed to destabilise the French presidential election", the secretary-general of Macron's movement En Marche (On The Move) accused RT and Sputnik of fanning the "slanderous" claims.

Marine Le Pen leads in new poll of French voters prior to first-round elections on April 23.

The report appeared to play a part in Macron being forced on February 7 to kill rumors of an extra-marital gay relationship. Because of Macron's pro-Europe stance, he's seen as a challenge to Putin.

"It is clear that the far-right and the right and their candidates are rather well regarded (in Russia) while we call for a strong Europe, a powerful Europe". Fillon faces an intense crisis in his election campaign following revelations about jobs as parliamentary assistants in favor of his wife and two eldest sons.

Moscow vehemently denied the French allegations. He added: "That there is a hysterical anti-[President Vladimir] Putin campaign in certain countries overseas is an obvious fact".

In addition, Ferrand said the Macron campaign was being hit by "hundreds if not thousands" of attacks probing the campaign's computer systems from locations inside Russian Federation.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's defense minister, said last week French intelligence agencies were attempting to fortify cybersecurity surrounding the election.

Russian Federation denied meddling in French elections Tuesday after a top aide to French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron alleged Russian Federation hit Macron's campaign with hundreds of cyberattacks. The Elysee has so far not confirmed any such meeting.

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