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France's Macron vows fake news law, eyeing Russia

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Sammy Stanley | 12 January, 2018, 19:15

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to introduce legislation that will crack down on so-called "fake news" during French election campaigns, calling the spread of such misinformation a threat to democracy.

Macron himself was the subject of an array of fake news stories about alleged offshore accounts - false stories cited by election rival and far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen.

He added, "We will develop our legal system to protect democracy from this fake news".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani phoned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to demand action against a "terrorist" Iranian opposition group he accused of fomenting recent protests.

The American intelligence community has also expressed "high confidence" that Russian Federation used a similar "influence campaign" during the 2016 USA presidential election to "undermine public faith in the US democratic process".

In response, he proposed imposing tougher rules on social media about revealing the sources of apparent news content.

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He also said France would become more strict in its immigration policies with more controls, without providing details.

The televised New Year's speech was the 40-year-old president's first year-end address following his electoral victory in May.

Online platforms would also be required to be more transparent about externally sponsored content, he said, while the amount of sponsored media would be capped.

"And authorities would be able to remove content or block websites that publish fake news during election cycles".

Since becoming president he has also accused one Russian Federation channel of sowing disinformation about him via its website.

"Russia Today and Sputnik did not behave as media organizations and journalists, but as agencies of influence and propaganda, lying propaganda - no more, no less", Macron said in May.

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