May 5, 2017 / 9:48 PM / 2 months ago

Macron campaign emails appear to be leaked online

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Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, is pictured through a window of his hotel during a campaign visit in Rodez, France, May 5, 2017.Regis Duvignau

FRANKFURT/PARIS (Reuters) - A large trove of emails purporting to be from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was posted online late on Friday, 1-1/2 days before voters go to the polls to choose the country's next president in a run-off with Marine Le Pen.

Some nine gigabytes of data were posted by a user called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a document-sharing site that allows anonymous posting. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for posting the data or whether the emails were genuine.

A Macron spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

reporting by Eric Auchard in Frankfurt and Michel Rose and Bate Felix in Paris; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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