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François Hollande promises to respond to Macron hack attack

Francoise Hollande
French President François Hollande has vowed to "respond" after a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack targeted presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign, BBC reported Saturday.

Hollande released no further details but said he knew of the risks of such attacks because they had "happened elsewhere".

Macron was unable to respond to the attack because of a ban on electioneering in the run up to the opening of polling stations, The Guardian reported.

The French media warned that spreading details of the attack would breach strict election rules and could bring criminal charges.

The attack included releasing internal emails and other documents, some said to be false, online overnight on Friday as the midnight deadline to halt campaigning passed.

Mr Hollande told Agence France-Presse on a visit to a cultural centre in Paris: "We knew that there were these risks during the presidential campaign because it happened elsewhere. Nothing will go without a response."

The centrist Mr Macron faces far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday. 

Last Modified: Saturday، 06 May 2017 08:22 PM