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Macron’s staff accuses Russia of interference in elections
10:20, 14 February 2017
Macron’s staff accuses Russia of interference in elections

French presidential candidate’s main office calls government to stop “foreign meddling”

10:20, 14 February 2017

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French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron became a target of Russian media and internet attacks from Russia that intents to help  the election campaigns of his pro-Moscow rivals, his party chief claims. This was reported by Reuters.

The comments by Richard Ferrand, secretary-general of Macron's 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.

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

Earlier it was reported that on the presidential race in France that leftist candidates make it to Round 2 of primaries. Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls proceeded to the next stage of the Social Party’s primaries.

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