Can Russia really derail Emmanuel Macron? – The Local

The motivation for Moscow to derail Macron’s campaign is simple.They would far rather see the anti-EU Marine Le Pen or François Fillon, both of whom are open admirers of Vladimir Putin, unlike Macron, who is openly pro-Europe, elected the next President of France.”They do not want a strong Europe, they want a weak Europe,” Macron’s spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Tuesday.The problem for Moscow is that ever since Fillon was struck down by fake job claims surrounding his wife, Macron has emerged as the favourite to win the election, beating Le Pen in  the second round runoff vote.’This is Putin’s plan to break up the EU’Macron’s team believe the increase in hostile reports and cyber attacks and the rise of the candidate in the polls is no coincidence. Moscow is getting jittery it seems.But so is Emmanuel Macron.His campaign chief Ferrand issued an appeal in French newspaper Le Monde on Tuesday.“We cannot let Russia de-stabilise the French presidential election,” read the title.“If these attacks succeed then the organisation of the EN Marche campaign would become very difficult, if not impossible,” said Ferrand.

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