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. [L8N1I76GQ]

“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