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French government says will not comment on reported Macron campaign hacking

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s Interior Ministry will not comment on the reported hacking of hundreds of emails from the campaign of presidential candidate and frontrunner Emmanuel Macron because official campaigning had ended, a spokesman said on Friday.

Some 9 gigabytes of data from the campaign 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 against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

“Neither the ministry, nor any other ministry would be commenting on this because according to the law, campaigning has ended as of midnight,” the spokesman said.

Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Andrew Callus