Two of top three candidates in French presidential primary are friendly to Russia

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Russia is reportedly intervening in the French presidential elections, right now. Two of the top three candidates in the April primary are friendly to Russia. The third is the object of a Russian subversion and disinformation campaign.

See,

Michaela Wiegel (Paris), “Präsidentenwahl im Mai: Frankreich und die helfende Hand aus Moskau; Wie stark nimmt Russland Einfluss auf den Wahlkampf in Frankreich? Während Macron über Hackerangriffe klagt relativiert sein Rivale Fillon die russische Gefahr. Und für die Wähler von Marine Le Pen ist die Sache sowieso schon klar, Frankfurter Allgemeine Eitung, den 31. März 2017.

Reuters (Paris) “French presidential election 2017: French polling watchdog warns over Russian news agency’s election report; Russian firm’s survey puts François Fillon in lead in presidential race, contradicting mainstream opinion polls,” The Guardian, Pril 2, 2017 (17:59 BST).

What this means is that if Emmanuel Macron doesn’t make the run-off, leaving François Fillon and Marine Le Pen to battle for the preesidency, the next President of France will be someone friendly to Putin.

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