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© AFP/File | France, along with Australia, Britain, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States, has coordinated a pushback against a series of allegedly Russian hacking attempts

PARIS (AFP) - 

France expressed solidarity with other Western powers Thursday night after they accused Russia of orchestrating a string of global cyber-attacks, denouncing them as "serious and worrying".

"The reported facts are serious and worrying. France expresses its full solidarity with its allies and with international organisations targeted by such attacks," said a statement by a spokesperson from the foreign ministry.

In a coordinated pushback against a series of hacking attempts, Australia, Britain, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States have accused Russia of being responsible, including an attempt to hack the world's chemical weapons watchdog the OPCW in The Hague.

The US announced the indictment of seven agents of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, including four expelled by The Netherlands.

The Russian foreign ministry has said it is a victim of "propaganda directed against our country".

© 2018 AFP