RUSSIAN hackers are believed to be behind a bid to derail Emmanuel Macron’s drive to become French president by leaking embarrassing documents on the eve of the country’s election.

Front runner Macron, 39, was the target of a “massive” cyber attack on Friday, timed to try to influence voters going to the polls today.

The presidential election commission met yesterday to discuss the breach of privacy as French media outlets were warned that publishing any of the leaked information could lead to criminal charges.

There is a election blackout in place until polls close at 6pm tonight. The commission said in a statement that it wanted people working in the media, internet sites and social networks to “show responsibility and not to pass on this content, so as not to distort the sincerity of the ballot”.

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