France’s Spy agency has been public about the fact that they believe that the Kremlin and Putin are trying to do everything in its power to elect right wing leader Marine Le Pen.
This past Wednesday, Le Canard Enchaîné said that France’s Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) claims that Russia is going to attempt to influence the election by flooding the internet with millions of positive posts about Le Pen, in order to attempt to make it seem that French citizens support her far right views. Unlike in the United States, where this was ignored, the President has convened a special counsel to investigate this.
Just Tuesday, a top aide to French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron said that the candidate had already been a victim of hundred of cyberattacks.
On Thursday, a poll was published projecting Le Pen to win the first round of voting but then ultimately losing to Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate, in the final runoff. Corruption allegations surround Francois Fillon, the previous favorite leaving him now in third place.
“Two big media outlets belonging to the Russian state, Russia Today and Sputnik, spread fake news on a daily basis, and then they are picked up, quoted and influence the democratic [process],” Richard Ferrand, secretary-general of Macron’s En Marche! party, told Reuters Monday.