How pro-Trump trolls spread fake news to influence French elections

Marine Le Pen vs Emmanuel Macron .

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Fake news was very much an integrated part of U.S. elections last year and now it’s run into the French elections as well.

During the presidential deliberation Wednesday night, Front National candidate Marine Le Pen, who runs on an anti-EU, far-right schedule, raised the accusation that the election’s frontrunner, the centrist Emmanuel Macron, was engaging in tax evasion with an offshore detail in the Cayman Islands.

“I hope that we will not find out that you have an offshore detail in the Bahamas, ” Le Pen said during the heated debate.

Le Pen eventually backed down on her accusations, answering she doesn’t have any proof. Macron filed a defamation ailment. “We will not hesitate to prosecute for libel any person who has recites this false information, ” a member of his unit alleged, said the candidate was casualty of a “cyber information campaign.”

As pointed out by the Macron campaign in a press release to the French media, the “fake news” affirms originated on 4chan/ pol/ exactly ahead of the debate 😛 TAGEND

An anonymous used to suggest that two leaked documents, announced in the thread, were have proven that Macron, a former investment banker, had a professional relationship with a bank to participate in tax evasion in the Cayman Islands.

“People have known for a while that Macron underreported his income and assets to the government, but none knew where it was accumulated, ” the user alleged, “Here’s where his coin is accumulated. Determine what you can do with this, anon. Let’s get grinding. If we can get #MacronCacheCash trending in France for the disagreements tonight, it might prevent French voters from electing Macron.”

The attempt to spread the storey by getting a hashtag, #MacronCacheCash , to tend is a tactic seen in the U.S. election.

The hashtag was tweeted by apparently U.S.-based, right-wing histories by seeking to move the storey viral 😛 TAGEND

According to Nicolas Vanderbiest, a Belgian commentator for Radio France Culture, the Twitter histories were connected, in France, to Sputnik and Russia Today .

He tweeted: So the phony news article on Macrons account in the Bahamas, we can say without being delude, that it was by the Russians.

Disobedient Media , a U.S. right-wing media organisation, produced an article accusing Macron of setting up a tax evasion machine 😛 TAGEND

The two leaked documents allegedly register the “incorporation of a shell fellowship in Nevis, a country that doesn’t obstruct possession records of corporation” and the proof “of a banking rapport with a bank to participate in tax evasion in the Cayman Islands.”

However, the Macron campaign in their press release was immediate to discredit those affirms. First of all, his signature searches forged 😛 TAGEND

Real vs fake.

Image: macron campaign

Also, the documents have two different refers for Macron’s company “La Providence LLC” and “La Providence LTD”; there’s no co-signer in the first substantiate; the second largest substantiate have an page; the use of a fax machine; and the year of signature of the first substantiate, 4 May 2012.

Macron has denied having bank account in the Bahamas.

“I’ve never had an detail in any excise oasis because it’s not my nature and also because I’ve ever wanted to return to the public circumstances, ” he said.

“It’s conventional of phony information. Marine Le Pen is behind this and she’s backed by armies on the internet that embed them. All of this is factually specious, ” he added.

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