Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Transatlantic bond on defence, security 'strengthened', says NATO chief

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Australian female comedian's murder sparks soul-searching about women's safety

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Washington DC votes to raise minimum wage for waiting staff

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least 18 killed in Abidjan floods from heavy rains

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's anti-Merkel Twitter tirade

Read more

THE DEBATE

Ten days to save Merkel? German leader under pressure over border policy

Read more

FOCUS

Alarmingly high rates of HIV among China's youth

Read more

ENCORE!

Samira Wiley, Darren Criss & Neal McDonough at Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Read more

France

France warns of retaliation if Russia meddles in election

© Alain Jocard, AFP | French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault addresses parliament on February 14, 2017.

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-02-16

France said on Wednesday it would not accept interference by Russia or any other state in its presidential election, and would retaliate if necessary.

The pledge by Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault followed complaints by the party of election frontrunner Emmanuel Macron that his campaign was the target of 'fake news' put out by Russian media, as well as internet attacks on its databases.

"We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, no more from Russia by the way than from any other state. This is a question of our democracy, our sovereignty, our national independence," Ayrault told parliament.

Profile: Emmanuel Macron

He said France would set clear limits, "including retaliatory measures when that is necessary, because no foreign state can influence the choice of the French, no foreign state can choose the future president of the Republic."

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that allegations made by Macron's En Marche (Onwards!) movement were absurd. The centrist is currently favourite for the April/May election, ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen and conservative Francois Fillon.

>> Click here for FRANCE 24’s investigative report on Russia expanding its media presence in France >>

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in an assessment in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's election chances by discrediting his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton during last year's presidential campaign, including by hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.

While Russia denies involvement, the U.S. experience has prompted security agencies to step up their guard against cyberattacks as Europe faces major elections this year in
Germany and the Netherlands, as well as France.

French President Francois Hollande has called a meeting of national defence chiefs next week to discuss cyber security, demanding to see "specific monitoring and protection measures" to be taken during the election campaign, a statement from his
office said. The meeting is set for Feb. 23. 

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-02-15

  • USA

    Presidential hopeful Macron tells US climate scientists: ‘Guys, please come to France’

    Read more

  • FRANCE - RUSSIA

    French presidential hopeful Macron the 'target of Russian fake news attacks'

    Read more

  • FRANCE - RUSSIA

    France presidential hopeful Macron restates Russia hack claims amid Kremlin denials

    Read more

COMMENT(S)