In what appears to become a repeat of the 2016 US Presidential Election accusations, the French government of President Emmanuel Macron today sensationally says that Moscow is behind at least 200 fake social media accounts which have riled up the public in the past few days against the Parisian police forces.
(Disclaimer: the picture above this article is fake, clearly).
French security services appear to have launched an investigation after a mass of false accounts was created on social media in the past few days, intended to reinforce the protest of the 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vests) movement.
Sources close to the investigation have leaked this to the press.
During Saturday’s protests in France, a total of 1,723 people were arrested.
It is currently the Secretariat General of Defense and National Security (SGDSN) that coordinates the investigation.
The French are wary of manipulation and another source close to the investigation says it is too early to comment on the revelations that the British newspaper The Times made today. The French say that to prove who is behind it will require complex research and will probably take time.
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According to The Times, there are hundreds of fake accounts created by Russia, that intend to stir up the revolt of the 'gilets jaunes'.
The newspaper, citing cybersecurity company New Knowledge, writes that about two hundred Twitter accounts are distributing photos and videos of so-called protesters of the 'gilets jaunes' movement who have been seriously injured by the police.
In reality, the images were made during events that have nothing to do with the protest movement which has been holding France hostage for three weeks now.
After three weeks of protest, the 'gilets jaunes' movement organized a new day of action on Saturday, and this time too it was permeated with violence.
In order to meet some of the demands of the movement, which was largely generated through social networks, the French government withdrew a tax increase that would have otherwise taken effect in January 2019.
Moscow has not commented on the accusations presented in the British press today.
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