Russia promoting Le Pen for presidency: French spy agency

21:50, 08 February 2017
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The French intelligence, or the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), is concerned with a threat of cyberattacks during the upcoming presidential elections, RTL.fr reported citing Le Canard Enchaîné.

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The French secret services are fearing that Russia might interfere in the French presidential campaign and are now preparing to refute Russian cyberattacks, according to RTL.fr.

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On October 28, "political parties were summoned to the DGSE to participate in a "digital security awareness" seminar and undergo training on "computer hygiene." The publication emphasizes that all parties were present except Le Pen’s National Front. Although invited, the far-right have declined.

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Contacted by RTL.fr, vice president of the National Front  Florian Philippot said he expected that "the state would be able to secure the presidential election." He also highlighted the "strong odor of conspiracy theories prevailing."

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