Hacking attack reported just before French presidential election

PARIS, France -- France's election campaign watchdog is investigating a hacking attack and document leak targeting presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron that his political movement calls a bid to disrupt the tense vote.
 
The commission overseeing the campaign says in a statement it is holding a meeting Saturday after the late-night leak Friday. It warned that some of the leaked documents are "probably" fake.
 
Macron's movement acknowledged it has been the target of what it called a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack. Polls consider Macron the favorite going into Sunday's runoff against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and it's unclear whether the document leak would sway the vote at this late stage.
 
Voting begins in France's overseas territories Saturday amid a nationwide blackout on campaigning and media coverage seen as swaying voters' views.

© 2017 Associated Press


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