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Macron team blasts massive hacking attack on eve of vote

Staff Writer |
The campaign team of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Friday confirmed it had suffered a "massive and coordinated hacking attack" after internal documents were released online, slamming an attempt at "democratic destabilisation."

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The centrist candidate's furious staff said the release late Friday of thousands of emails, accounting documents and other files was an attempt at "democratic destabilisation, like that seen during the last presidential campaign in the United States".

The documents spread 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 decisive run-off vote - with his aides calling the leak "unprecedented in a French electoral campaign".

The leak, posted by someone calling themselves EMLEAKS, came as an 11th-hour twist in what has proved to be one of the most drama-packed elections in French history.

Macron's team said the files were stolen weeks ago when several officials from his En Marche party had their personal and work emails hacked - one of "an intense and repeated" series of cyber-attacks against Macron since the launch of the campaign.

"Clearly, the documents arising from the hacking are all lawful and show the normal functioning of a presidential campaign," aides said in a statement.


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