FRENCH Presidency officials are terrified Russian hackers will help Marine Le Pen leap to victory in the country’s upcoming presidential election.
The elites are set to hold a top-level meeting over concerns of a Moscow hacking plot to derail the likes of candidates Francois Fillon and Emmanuel Macron to make way for National Front leader Ms Le Pen.
The revelation comes after Mr Macron, 39, was forced to deny online rumours that he had a gay affair, which emerged on a Russian-owned website, during the French election 2017 campaign.
Former conservative frontrunner Francois Fillion’s popularity has dropped dramatically following the scandal he misused public funds to pay his British wife for work she may not have done.
President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and ministers for defence, interior and foreign affairs, finance and budget will attend the meeting.
French newspaper Le Canard Enchainé reported: “The level of concern is such that a meeting of the defence council at the Élysée has been scheduled on this subject.”
Security services are said to be concerned about hackers revealing data and confidential emails belonging to Marine Le Pen’s rivals, according to local reports.
The 2016 US elections were engulfed with accusations of alleged cyber attacks by Russia.