French election: Macron campaign emails leaked online

En Marche! movement subjected to a ‘massive and co-ordinated hack’

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! which has been hacked.  Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! which has been hacked. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

 

A large trove of emails purporting to be from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was posted online late on Friday, as voters prepare to go to the polls to choose the country’s next president on Sunday.

Some nine gigabytes of data were posted by a user called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a document-sharing site that allows anonymous posting. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for posting the data.

In a statement, Macron’s political movement En Marche!! confirmed it had been hacked.

“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.

An interior ministry official declined to comment, citing French rules which forbid any commentary liable to influence an election, and which took effect at midnight French time on Friday.

Comments about the email dump began to appear on Friday evening just hours before the official ban on campaigning began. The ban is due to stay in place until the last polling stations close on Sunday at 8pm.

Opinion polls show Mr Macron is set to beat Front National candidate Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s second round of voting in what is seen to be France’s most important election in decades.

– (Reuters)