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Macron hacking attack: France begins probe amid presidential polling

LiveMint logoLiveMint 07-05-2017 AFP

Paris: Paris prosecutors are investigating the hacking attack on presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron’s campaign that led to thousands of files being leaked online, a person with aware of the matter said on Sunday.

The person said the probe was opened on Friday, the same day as the flood of documents were posted on the Internet ahead of Sunday’s run-off vote.

The French were voting on Sunday in a presidential election pitting a pro-European Union centrist against a eurosceptic, anti-immigration far-rightist, with early figures indicating turnout could be low, but above most recent forecasts.

French Presidential Election 2017: Voter turnout at 65%, Macron favourite to win

Latest updates show voter turnout in French presidential elections at above 65% in late afternoon, a sharp drop of more than 6 percentage points compared to the last presidential vote. The interior ministry announced Sunday the turnout had reached 65.3%, compared to 71.96% in the second round of presidential voting in 2012. The last polling stations in France close at 8pm and partial results are expected shortly afterward.

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