French president calls for more cybersecurity for election

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French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron visists the Notre-Dame d'Afrique basilica in Algiers.

French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron visists the Notre-Dame d'Afrique basilica in Algiers. (Photo: AP)

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is calling for new security measures around the country's presidential race, notably to protect against hacking.

Hollande's order came after the campaign of centrist Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of trying to sway the April 23-May 7 election.

Hollande asked top security officials Wednesday to present electoral security measures next week "including in the cyber domain."

Mounir Mahjoubi, head of digital campaigning for Macron, told The Associated Press that his team identified thousands of hacking attempts originating from Ukraine in recent weeks.

Mahjoubi says the attempts coincided with what he called a fake news operation targeting Macron in Russia-sponsored media in France.

Macron's leading rivals, Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen, want to lift sanctions against Russia, while Macron has been less friendly toward Moscow.

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