While the controversies surrounding the alleged Russian interference in the US Presidential election have not yet subsided, France has accused Russia of cyber-attacks against pro-European candidate and former Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron.
France issued a warning to Russia not to interfere in the upcoming presidential election, due to be held in April.
We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, whether by Russia or any other state. After what happened in the United States, it is our responsibility to take all steps necessary to ensure that the integrity of our democratic process is fully respected.
Said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, in his address to Parliament.
Macron, one of the leading pretenders to succeed Francois Hollande, accused the Kremlin of cyber-attacks on his campaign website and email servers.
The spokesman for Macron’s campaign, Benjamin Griveaux, accused Moscow of trying to undermine Macron in order to boost conservative candidate, Francois Fillon, and Marin Le Pen, whom the mainstream media have dubbed as ‘extreme right’.
“Half of the attacks, and there are hundreds a day, come from Ukraine, which is known for its links to hackers and people responsible for cyberattacks in Russia.” Griveaux said.
Macron and his aides have also accused Kremlin-linked media, Russia Today and Sputnik, of leading a smear campaign against Macron.
Kremlin has denied the allegations of meddling in the French election. “We never had, and do not have, the intention of interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, and especially not in their electoral process,” said Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.
French Presidential election, one of the most important events of 2017, has already turned into a heated battle between the shaken and fragmented establishment and anti-EU, anti-immigration Marine Le Pen.
Currently, Le Pen is leading the polls with Macron in the second place.
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