Poll: How will Russia interfere with the final round of the French presidential elections?

Le Pen+Putin vs Macron

 

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On April 23, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen won the first round of the French presidential elections. The Kremlin sees France as a potential counterweight against Germany in the EU, and against the US in the NATO. Moreover, France is a member of so-called Normandy Group for resolving the conflict in Ukraine’s East.

A month before the election Le Pen was campaigning in the Kremlin having a surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin, where he told her that Russia had no plans to meddle in the French election.

In February, Macron’s campaign reported “thousands of attempted hacks” of its servers and accused Russian state media outlets of spreading slanders about Macron, including groundless allegations of being a “US agent” and rumors about Macron’s sexual orientation.

Read also: Moscow TV propagandist says terrorist attacks in France could still turn the tide for Le Pen

Security researchers from Trend Micro said that on March 15 they spotted a hacking group they believe to be a Russian intelligence unit targeting Macron’s campaign.

Russia has a long history of meddling in other countries’ elections

At the 2004 Ukraine’s presidential elections, Moscow endorsed pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovych. The Russian media praised him as a President desirable for Russia and abused his democratic rival, Viktor Yushchenko. The Orange revolution disrupted Kremlin’s plans then.

The malware was used to attack the servers at Ukraine’s central election commission amid 2014 Ukraine’s elections.

Hungary, the Baltic States, and Georgia have also been the target of political subversion by the Kremlin, which has often sought to bolster the political ambitions of far-right and Euro-skeptic parties or foster instability, experts said.

Numerous hacking incidents occurred during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, both Republicans and Democrats issued calls for a deeper probe of Russian interference.

Dutch authorities went old school to prevent the recent election from manipulating the results through cyber attacks, they counted paper ballots by hand.

The defense minister of Denmark accused the Russian government of a campaign to infiltrate email accounts at his ministry.

A committee in the UK’s House of Commons “does not rule out” that the crash of a key voter registration website might have been the result of a foreign cyber attack ahead of Britain’s referendum.

 New Poll: How will Russia interfere with the final round of the French presidential elections?

There are hackers, fake news, freaks, pranksters, trolls in Russia’s new soft power weapon arsenal. To get Marine Le Pen elected the Kremlin should intensify its efforts in promoting Le Pen and suppressing Macron. What is Russia going to do to reach its goal in France? Tell us your opinion on this matter.

How will Russia interfere with the final round of the French presidential elections?
  • A possibility of all of the above* 39%, 58 votes
    58 votes 39%
    58 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Provocations by national minorities in France 17%, 25 votes
    25 votes 17%
    25 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Fake news about Macron’s supposed sex scandals will be pumped out 11%, 17 votes
    17 votes 11%
    17 votes - 11% of all votes
  • Macron’s email will be hacked 11%, 16 votes
    16 votes 11%
    16 votes - 11% of all votes
  • Terrorist attacks funded bt Putin* 9%, 14 votes
    14 votes 9%
    14 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Old trolls from troll factories will receive French lessons 5%, 8 votes
    8 votes 5%
    8 votes - 5% of all votes
  • New troll special forces hired at the factory in St.Petersburg 4%, 6 votes
    6 votes 4%
    6 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Putin will give a medal to Le Pen in Kremlin 3%, 5 votes
    5 votes 3%
    5 votes - 3% of all votes
  • mayby less propaganda* 1%, 1 vote
    1 vote 1%
    1 vote - 1% of all votes
Total Votes: 150
2017/04/27 - 13:49 - 2017/05/08 - 15:08
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Macron vs Le Pen

Macron and Le Pen won the first round of the French presidential elections. Macron's campaign reported “thousands of attempted hacks” of its servers, accused Russian state media outlets of spreading slanders about Macron. How will Russia interfere in the final round of French presidential elections?

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Comments

  1. Avatar Scradje says:

    Troll farms, troll tv stations and troll sites; all run by the world’s first troll state.

    1. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

      The Elves of the free world will defeat the Trolls and send them back to Mordor where chaos reigns.

    2. Avatar Brent says:

      The demented dwarf of the Kremlin https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ee1cb175ea16376f035d8fd2c5a5cb16ccdd48a85e895a3ee2bc351e2c1fd9c.jpg even looks like a troll….pasty skin and a tiny little beast with beady little eyes

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        He shares DNA with a rodent.

        1. Avatar Styx says:

          You certainly do.

          1. Avatar Alex George says:

            LOL The poor angry troll is back – still hurting as you realise your precious fuehrer Putin is losing the foolish war he started against Ukraine?

          2. Avatar Styx says:

            Keep hurting yourself, on duty petulant twat.

          3. Avatar Alex George says:

            I am not hurting at all – I am finding this enjoyable given that you are such an easy target. You make yourself so by trying to defend the demented dwarf, one of the worst (if not THE worst) leader Russia has ever had.

          4. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

            You eat rat cutlets.

      2. Avatar Styx says:

        Have you had your Weetabix today, gas ?

    3. Avatar Styx says:

      Correction: You are talking about “Troll farms, troll tv stations and troll sites” you are in charge of, just for change ..

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        Yes, its hard for you to realise that your dear Russia is just a target for mockery around the world, isn’t it.

        But what he wrote is the truth – Russia is not an honest or hard-working nation. Its chief export these days is exactly what he wrote: Troll farms, troll tv stations and troll sites; all run by the world’s first troll state.

        1. Avatar Styx says:

          You and your boss Scradje are going to end up choking on your own venom.

          Until then, do carry on being an insolent pratt.

          1. Avatar Alex George says:

            Everyone is “insolent” to you, because they don’t take you seriously.

            I wrote the truth – Russia is not an honest or hard-working nation. Its chief export these days are Troll farms, troll tv stations and troll sites; all run by the world’s first troll state.

          2. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

            Actually, is it even possible to be insolent to the amoebas that claim to be graduates of Putin’s Sankt Peterburg Cabbage Troll Factory since they haven’t the foggiest idea of the meaning of insolence. This in turn comes with their motto, “intelligence is a free ticket to the GULAG” and “rotten cabbage is better than no cabbage”. Hence, the added “advantage” that, “free gas is better than no gas” although where heat comes in to play is anyone’s guess.

  2. Avatar veth says:

    Time to meddle in Russia’s Fake elections.

    1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

      Why not? Once Marine Le Pen loses the French Presidential election and Putin scorns her by causing her insolvency, it can be claimed that she will cast her vote for the Communists in the upcoming Russian Presidential “election”.

  3. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    Forget old trolls being taught French quickly. If they aren’t fluent in French now they will be useless. French isn’t an easy language to master- I was taught French for 5 years and although my French is sufficient to get by nobody will think I’m French.
    Ditto for new trolls- I doubt whether French is taught very much at Dwarfstanian schools- if at all- and not many will study it at university. The only trolls operating on French sites will be those who are fairly fluent in the language and they will already have been at work for some time now, and they wil be a very small group.
    LePen being given a medal is unlikely- this will only happen if she becomes president, recognises Pdeo Putolini’s illegal Crimea grab and takes France out of the euro and EU.
    Most likely are causing provocations by minorities, hacking Macron’s e-mail accounts and campaign team, or a terrorist attack. The latter need not even be in France, an attack with huge casualties in, say, Berlin, Amsterdam or any other EU city will give Le Pen ammunition for her campaign.

    1. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

      Forget French. Even those rare Russia-based trolls who are quite good at English and charged with serving as “American” or “British” impostors, are inevitably nabbed by native speakers after a few posts for either making typical Russian mistakes (such as omitting or misusing articles) or using a wrong style.

      1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

        Putting the language issue aside for the moment, are there any realistic methodologies that Putin and his department of disinformation might use that would effectively sway public opinion in favor of Marine Le Pen and her fascist National Front? Does Putin have anything to offer other than military aggression coupled with terrorism? And what of Marine Le Pen aside from her misplaced “nationalistic” ravings? What does she have to offer that would improve the quality of life for the average French citizen? In fact, has this Presidential election (for the most part) not evolved into Le Pen against everyone else? The answers to these questions should be relatively clear. Unless Macron shoots himself in both legs, there are no logical reasons to expect his own defeat. As for Le Pen, no more caviar from Mad Vlad. The Pederast cannot even pay his own bills let alone being constantly hounded by thoughts of his own ultimate demise.

        1. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

          Methinks there aren’t, and Le Pen isn’t going to happen. I mean, odd things do happen and I might have to eat crow, but at least this is my current impression.

          The more the pederast is “hounded by thoughts of his own ultimate demise”, the better: “The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself” (Publilius Syrus, 1st century BC, maxim 511).

          1. Avatar Styx says:

            It’s a good thing you have nothing to fear since you never lived anyway.

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            Wow, I bet that really cut Oknemfrod to the bone – “never lived anyway”! What’s next – are you going to call him “poopy-pants”, poke out your tongue and go “nah nah nah”?

            Kremtrolls are really going down in quality. Try coming up with a rational argument next time

          3. Avatar Styx says:

            Try learning some English and only then you may try again, petulant “hero”.

            As for severely depraved “oknemfrod” – she can speak for herself, don’t you think ..

          4. Avatar Alex George says:

            In other words, you can say nothing in reply. Keep putting your impotence on display, my loser friend.

            As for my English, it is perfect. But then, unlike you, I grew up speaking it. ;o)

          5. Avatar Styx says:

            Keep making love to yourself, petulant Georgie.

            This is the only “english” you grew up with: “What’s next – are you going to call him “poopy-pants”, poke out your tongue and go “nah nah nah”?” and you know it.

          6. Avatar Alex George says:

            LOL – now you are really showing your anger – and repeating words from your own posts. ;o)

            its rough for you isn’t it – you supported Putin, because you thought he would be the great fascist saviour, and all he is doing is driving Russia into the ground . The Russian people are starving, the army is weak, the economy is collapsing, those with knowledge are ;fleeing to other countries, particularly Ukraine, and making it great.

            Even culturally, Russia is imploding. There are no great artists or writers any more. Russia’s only future is to break up, permanently. And your dearly beloved Saviour Putin is largely responsible for this.

          7. Avatar Styx says:

            Once again you are showing you extreme depravity and you good at that.

          8. Avatar Alex George says:

            Ah, “extreme depravity” – that would be a reference to your beloved fuehrer Putin, who kisses little boys in public and then runs away when he realises he has been filmed?

            You just can’t cope with the fact of Putin’s incompetence. The Russian people are starving, the army is weak, the economy is collapsing, those with knowledge are fleeing to other countries, particularly Ukraine, and making it great instead of Russia.

            Even culturally, Russia is imploding. There are no great artists or writers any more. Russia’s only future is to break up, permanently. And your dearly beloved Saviour Putin is largely responsible for this, as are his foolish and short-sighted supporters.

          9. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

            Ha, I don’t even see what “he” writes – I have him blocked ;).

          10. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

            Just as well. You aren’t missing anything.

          11. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

            Thanks … I know. Had seen enough of “his” illiterate kwap before pulling the plug on “him”. After “he” started as “Ian Rutherford”, pretending to be a bona fide Brit (while unable to put a coherent English sentence together), “he” has gone through a number of aliases, having settled, for the time being, on “Styx”. Judging from his occasional farts here, “he” hasn’t crossed Styx yet; but the sooner, the better.

          12. Avatar Styx says:

            Yes, yet another post from you confirming once again that you know a LOT about the contents of your b. side since that is where your head permanently resides. Simple ..

          13. Avatar Alex George says:

            LMAO Oh please – you, of all people, lecturing anyone about English?

            You are just a silly old man who knows very little about Russia. As soon as anyone refutes your arguments you don’t know how to respond, because you don;t know enough facts to do so.

            Your dear fuehrer Putin is losing the foolish war he started with Ukraine, and you know it .

          14. Avatar Alex George says:

            Yes, I have seen him before – and you are right about the English – very poor.

            Watch him reply to this – he hates it and cannot help himself, even when he can;t actually think of anything to say – poor demented old fool. ;o)

            But his biggest problem is that he has been supporting Putin for years, and he can see that Russia is falling apart. That’s what makes him really angry.

          15. Avatar Styx says:

            Mind your manners, sordid Ukrainian scumbag.

          16. Avatar Alex George says:

            Why? People mind their manners in the presence of someone they respect. Who respects Russia?

            Its army is weak, its economy is a basket-case, it is a pariah nation, its culture has shrivelled and it is heading for a break-up. What is to respect?

          17. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

            As I recall, it’s not even English in the proper sense of the word but a hodgepodge of goofy personal barbs and ill-chosen mixed metaphors.

          18. Avatar Styx says:

            As I recall your head was missing from the very first time you posted on Disqus. Nothing changed since that.

          19. Avatar Styx says:

            I will be seeing you in person, sick Ukrainian twat.

          20. Avatar Alex George says:

            LOL You won’t be doing anything of the sort. You are just a cowardly old man who has never accomplished anything in his life. You don’t dare to face anyone “in person”.

            You can’t even cope with the fact that Russia is collapsing, slowly being eaten away through the stupidity, greed and incompetence of its leaders.

          21. Avatar Styx says:

            keep dreaming the only dream you ever had, insolent brat.

            See you soon.

          22. Avatar Alex George says:

            You won’t see anyone. You are just a cowardly old man typing threats from the safety of his keyboard .

            And you can’t cope with the fact that Russia is collapsing, due to the stupidity, greed and incompetence of its leaders.

          23. Avatar Styx says:

            Splendid News, run frau Dorfmenko, run ..

          24. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

            “Cut Oknemfrod to the bone”? “Call him poopy-pants”? Too funny. All that this bankrupt durak can cut are poopin-putin cabbage farts.

          25. Avatar Styx says:

            All that this mentally deranged “bankrupt durak”: Ihor Dawydiak
            “can cut are poopin-alex georgian cabbage darts.” ..

          26. Avatar Alex George says:

            LOL And now the silly old fool can’t even work out which person he is responding to! Time to go to bed, old man.

          27. Avatar Styx says:

            I keep asking for your teeth polished, on duty Ukrainian twat.

            I am sorry can’t help you with that.

          28. Avatar Alex George says:

            Ha ha, and now he is jealous of people who are Ukrainian! Well, I can understand that – Ukraine is proving to be a highly effective nation, with great culture and technological achievements.

            Alas I am not Ukrainian, so that is not part of my heritage. But i have the greatest respect for those who are.

          29. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            “Alas I am not Ukrainian, so that is not part of my heritage. But i have the greatest respect for those who are.”

            No you don’t, Ruski faqqot! :))

          30. Avatar Alex George says:

            Yes, I do. Whereas you do not. You are just another Putin troll. And as always, you spend most of your time attacking supporters of Ukraine, and leaving your fellow Putin trolls alone. Typical.

        2. Avatar Styx says:

          “The Pederast cannot even pay his own bills let alone being constantly hounded by thoughts of his own ultimate demise.”

          You are talking of yourself of course, just for a change.

          Tally-ho.

          1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

            He isn’t, old eunuch. He’s actually talking about your Lord and Master the fascist demented pedophile dwarf in the Kremlin: Tsar Vladito Vladitovich the not-so-Great of the House of Putolini.
            Now run along and drink your 2 litres of rotgut samogon- which the demented dwarf just gave you as wages for your 12-hour shift at 55, ul. Savushkina- like a good little Dwarfstanian troll, there’s a good chap.

          2. Avatar Styx says:

            Keep talking about the extensive damage to your long suffering brain, mentally deranged Ukrainian hero.

          3. Avatar Alex George says:

            Now now, Misha, surely you can do better than that?

            Dagwood has just pointed out that Putin is a fascist, demented and a pedophile. He has also pointed out that wages are often not paid in Russia, and that alcoholism is rife, and growing.

            Fairly simple to understand, don’t you think? Yet you aren’t prepared to deny even one of them.

          4. Avatar Styx says:

            There is nothing to deny, Sasha.

            Both you and Misha said absolutely nothing, as per usual.

          5. Avatar Alex George says:

            Of course there are things to deny – except you can’t deny them.

            You hate the fact that Putin is a fascist, demented, and a pedophile. You hate the fact that wages are often not paid in Russia, and that alcoholism there is rife, and growing. But what you can’t do is refute any of these things because you know they are true, and you don’t have the wit to assemble an argument against any of them.

          6. Avatar Styx says:

            Yes, you hate the fact that you are a self confessed “fascist, demented, and a pedophile.” You hate the fact that your wages are often not paid on time, and that your alcoholism is rife, and growing. But what you can’t do is refute any of these things because you know they are true, and you don’t have the wit to assemble an argument against any of them.

          7. Avatar Alex George says:

            Ah Styx now cannot think of anything of his own to write! ;o)

            You hate the fact that Putin is a fascist, demented, and a pedophile. You hate the fact that wages are often not paid in Russia, and that alcoholism there is rife, and growing. But what you can’t do is refute any of these things because you know they are true, and you don’t have the wit to assemble an argument against any of them.

          8. Avatar MichaelA says:

            putin is a pederast.
            he has even done it on film!

          9. Avatar Styx says:

            Your next stroke is likely to be even more extensive than the one you had recently, Misha. Take care.

          10. Avatar Alex George says:

            But you can’t deny it, can you?

            Putin was caught on camera kissing the stomach of a little boy, and then ran for cover when he realised. The footage has been posted here on EP a number of times but i am sure someone will post it again, just for you.

            You can rant and rave as much as you like, scream at the monitor and smash the keyboard, but it doesn’t change the truth.

          11. Avatar Styx says:

            You sure can “rant and rave as much as you like, scream at the monitor and smash the keyboard”, but it certainly doesn’t change the fact that you know ABSOLUTELY nothing of truth.

          12. Avatar Alex George says:

            Except that everything I wrote is true and you know it. That is why you don’t dare even attempt to refute them.

            Yes, Putin was caught on camera kissing the stomach of a little boy, and then ran for cover when he realised he had been filmed. I expect you have seen the footage.

            You can rant and rave as much as you like, scream at the monitor and smash the keyboard, but it doesn’t change the truth.

          13. Avatar Styx says:

            Except that you lied and and lied and lied again ..
            And once again, you can “rant and rave as much as you like, scream at the monitor and smash the keyboard”, but it doesn’t change the fact that you know absolutely nothing of truth.

          14. Avatar Alex George says:

            Yes, you are ranting etc, and smashing the keyboard. Your anger is obvious. I haven’t lied about anything, and you know it.

            Putin was caught on camera kissing the stomach of a little boy, and then ran for cover when he realised he had been filmed. You have seen the footage, haven’t you.

          15. Avatar MichaelA says:

            Ooh ooh threats from the old man. I am terrified!

        3. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

          The only thing that may sway voters in Le Pen’s favour is a terrorist attack with massive casualties somewhere in the EU. As I stated before, it need not even be in France, though that would have an even greater impact. A suicide bomber blowing himself up in the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, St Peter’s Square in the Vatican or in any other major EU city would probably influence undecided voters.

          A bomb attack in Dwarfstan e.g. St. Petersburg or Novgorod won’t do the trick as it’s too far away in every respect.

          1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

            There are two other reasons why there are only occasional bombings within Russia, including: a) Bombings are the realm of Muslim insurgents, Putin’s FSB/GRU, as well as the occasional Tannu Tuvan, and, b) Far too many Russians over the past millennium have evolved into the walking dead (aka zombies) to really care about any bombing. Their primary concern is to find “decent” food to put on their dinner plates without ending up in Putin’s Gulag Archipelago where a fish head with bulbous eyes (albeit somewhat rotten) or crispy cockroaches would be considered as a rare treat.

    2. Avatar Mephisto says:

      Google recently updated Google translator. They introduced a new algorithm based on deep neural networks. It works surprisingly well. Try it out if you command at least two languages at a good enough level so that you can compare
      https://translate.google.com/

      1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        I use Google Translate regularly to translate Ukrainian and Russian articles to English, but the result regularly leaves something to be desired so I use it in combination with Promt and others. The average is usually pretty close, I think. Unfortunately I’m nowhere near fluent enough in either language to do without these aids.

      2. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

        Yup, I’ve noticed it’s improved as far as U and R are concerned. It’s still fairly easy to fool it with an intentionally convoluted phrase, but it deals with more or less straightforward clauses decently. Personally, I find it useful when I need to convey something in Polish or Czech, for I have enough feeling for those to suspect something goofy and either reconfirm or correct it.

  4. Avatar Mephisto says:

    What is the point of the voting? Putin will, of course, do all of the above. I voted for the “terrorist attacks sponsored by Putin”.

  5. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Beware of Russian-speaking tadpoles.