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Paris probes fake news row in race for presidency


Lawsuit: Emmanuel Macron

Lawsuit: Emmanuel Macron

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Lawsuit: Emmanuel Macron

The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into whether fake news is being used to influence voting in the French presidential election.

Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has filed a lawsuit after far-right rival Marine Le Pen suggested he could be holding an offshore account in the Bahamas.

Ms Le Pen - who was pelted with eggs as she arrived at a public appearance on the campaign trail in Brittany - quickly backed away from the suggestion as those rumours were debunked.

Mr Macron's camp said the former investment banker was the victim of a "cyber misinformation campaign".

Belfast Telegraph