Fight to stop Macron hack distorting poll


"The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information", the statement said.

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign delivered a statement addressing the "massive" computer hack that dumped staff emails almost two days before voters head to the polls, asking the media to be "responsible" in their coverage of the hack.

It said whoever is behind the leaked documents is trying to "seed doubt and disinformation" and destabilize Sunday's presidential runoff, comparing it to emails leaked from Hillary Clinton's USA presidential campaign.

As the brutal presidential election race is coming to an end, the election campaign has left French voters highly polarized as more are supporting extreme parties, a poll suggested.

A campaign blackout starting minutes after the Macron team announcement means that Le Pen's campaign can't legally comment on the leak.

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The German government says outgoing French President Francois Hollande will hold a final meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday, a day after his successor is elected.

The documents appeared on social media just before midnight on Friday, when 39-year-old Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen officially wrapped up campaigning for Sunday's election. So we have an asymmetric situation where a Le Pen victory would produce huge gains for those betting on her.

Emmanuel Macron's supporters gave far-right leader Marine Le Pen a hostile reception as she stopped at Reims cathedral on the campaign trail. French electoral laws impose a blackout Saturday and most of Sunday on any campaigning and media coverage seen as swaying the election. She claimed an "ideological victory" for her populist, anti-immigrant worldview in an election that could change Europe's direction.

France's presidential voting watchdog called on the Interior Ministry late Friday to look into claims by the Le Pen campaign that ballot papers are being tampered with nationwide to benefit Macron.

The WikiLeaks website yesterday posted a link to the documents on Twitter, saying it had not yet discovered fakes in the cache of files and "we are very skeptical that the Macron campaign is faster than us".

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Greenpeace militants sought to highlight Le Pen's potentially divisive message by unfurling a banner reading "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" ("Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood") on Eiffel Tower.

"Even if we don't reach our goal, in any event there is a big political force that is born", she said at her campaign headquarters.

Ms Le Pen said those parties have been "blackballed".

An Obama aide said that Macron has asked Obama for his support, and that the former president had called the French elections candidate privately in April and had praised him. The protest is against far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen two days before the runoff.

"The seriousness of this event is certain and we shall not tolerate that the vital interests of democracy be put at risk", En Marche! said on Friday.

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"My words were nothing but the reflection of the anger that will explode in this country", she told RTL radio on Friday.