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.
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“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.