French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign has denied press credentials to Russian state-owned television network RT, according to a new report by The Daily Beast. The revelation comes after Macron’s victory in the first round of the French elections, with the centrist advancing to a May 7 runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. A source from Macron’s campaign told The Daily Beast they had blacklisted RT, formerly known as Russia Today, claiming “it is not just an outlet like the others.” “It is a propaganda organ. Therefore we have decided not to give it accreditation,” the source said. Reports that Russian-backed propaganda and hacking have targeted Macron’s campaign have circulated for months, as recently as a Wall Street Journal story published Monday detailing cyberattacks on Macron’s email accounts. Per the report, the attacks are likely to have been conducted by the same group that hacked the Democratic National Continue reading "French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron Reportedly Blacklists RT"
On Thursday, France was rocked by another terrorist attack when a gunman opened fire along the nation’s Champs-Élysées. When it was over, a police officer was dead and a second was wounded. The attack came just days before the first round of voting in the nation’s hotly contested presidential election. In the aftermath of the shooting, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and one of France’s two leading candidates, offered a curious response, saying terrorism in the country was an “imponderable” threat that “will be a fact of daily life in the coming years.” The claim was reported near the bottom of a New York Times write up on the attack, with the paper of record suggesting the response was evidence of Macron “stepp[ing] back from the moment.”
Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who along with Ms. Le Pen has been leading in the polls, stepped back from the moment, Continue reading "Leading Candidate in French Presidential Race: Terrorism ‘Will Be a Fact of Daily Life’"