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>> French Presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron's campaign hacked late Friday with a lot trove of emails claiming to be from the campaign posted online, less than 48 hours before voters go to the polls to choose the country's next president in a runoff with Marine Le Pen. Some nine gigabytes of data were posted by a user called Leaks to Pastebin, a document sharing site that allows anonymous posting.
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Macron's political movement, En Marche, condemned the hack in a statement saying, the En Marche movement has been the victim of a massive and coordinated hack this evening, which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information. The Macrol campaign added, that fake documents mixed with authentic ones were released together, in an attempt to sow doubt and misinformation before voters go to the poles.
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Comments about the email dump started appearing on Friday evening, just hours before the official ban on campaigning began. The ban is do to stay in place until the last polling stations close on Sunday at 8 PM. Opinion polls show independent centrist, Macron, is set to beat far-right rival Le Pen in Sunday's second round of voting in what it seem to be France's most important election in decades.
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It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the leak, but Macrons campaign has accused Russia in the past of trying to break into its systems. An accusation Russia has denied.