With mere hours before the French presidential election takes place, frontrunner Emmanuel Macron just received a massive boost by the French government.
Macron, who had established a healthy lead over France-first candidate Marine Le Pen this week, was the subject of a massive email hack just yesterday – 48 hours before the French people head to the polls on Sunday. The action, which closely mimics the circumstances surrounding the doomed campaign of U.S. candidate Hillary Clinton in November of 2016, was originally thought to spell trouble for the left-leaning politician.
That is, until the French electoral commission stepped in to mitigate the damage by threatening jail time for anyone who dares to publish the contents of the leak.
“France’s electoral commission has ordered media not to publish contents of Emmanuel Macron‘s leaked campaign emails to avoid influencing the election.“It warned news outlets in France that journalists could face criminal charges for publishing or republishing the material, under laws that came into effect at midnight forbidding any commentary liable to affect the presidential race.
“There were fears the hack could swing Sunday’s final vote, where Mr Macron was expected to comfortably beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.