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Le Pen Concedes Defeat To Macron In France's Post-Hack Election (reuters.com) 671

"France has voted for continuity," candidate Marine Le Pen said in the wake of her defeat in France's presidential election, conceding that Emmanuel Macron had a decisive lead. Reuters has ongoing coverage of Le Pen's concession phone call and reactions from world leaders. "France Rejects Far Right," read a headline at CNN, touting their own live updates and early results showing Macron with a 65.9% to 34.1% lead, "on course for a decisive win." Macron is schedule to speak at the Louvre museum (where the grounds were "briefly evacuated" this morning after discovery of a suspicious bag.) Quartz is calling 39-year-old Macron "the second Generation X president of a major world power" (after Canada's Justin Trudeau).

The election was closely watched after a 9-gigabyte trove of emails from Macron's campaign were leaked online. CNBC reports that "One of the most talked about emails makes reference to binge-watching Dr. Who and masturbating to the sound of running water. It sounds generally incoherent. It could be false, or maybe the person wrote it after a few too many." The New Yorker traces the leak to a right-leaning Canadian site, whose editor says he found the documents on 4chan. But Reuters is crediting WikiLeaks with providing "the largest boost of attention" to the leaked documents, according to an analysis pubished by the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council, a D.C.-based think tank on international affairs. WikiLeaks tweeted about the leak 15 times, bragging to Reuters that "we were hours ahead of all other major outlets." On Friday WikiLeaks also disputed the Macron campaign's claim that the leak mixed real documents with fake ones. "We have not yet discovered fakes in #MacronLeaks & we are very skeptical that the Macron campaign is faster than us."

Saturday WikiLeaks noted that several of the Office files "have Cyrillic meta data. Unclear if by design, incompetence, or Slavic employee." And Saturday afternoon they added "name of employee for Russian govt security contractor Evrika appears 9 times in metadata for 'xls_cendric.rar' leak archive."

Meanwhile, on the International Space Station, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet voted from space. Feel free to discuss the election's results in the comments.
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Le Pen Concedes Defeat To Macron In France's Post-Hack Election

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  • Good on France (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 07, 2017 @02:24PM (#54371913)

    For rejecting fascism.

    • not surprising (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 07, 2017 @02:56PM (#54372037)

      French politics have long been sick, and the sluggish economy with little hope for young workers is a result.
      Sick how?
      In every election cycle where the French have a choice between change and stagnation, all the parties who pretend to be opponents in the lead-up band together and urge everybody to vote for which ever final candidate is desired by the rich globalist investors class. It never matters who the candidates are, the press and nearly all the parties band together to oppose change and oppose anybody opposed to globalism.
      The French people will now get several more years of stagnation terrorism, EU domination, burdens of EU bailouts for Greece, EU mandated open borders, etc and then they will get another chance at change.....which they will again stupidly reject because they are told to.

      • Re:not surprising (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Xest ( 935314 ) on Monday May 08, 2017 @03:01AM (#54374533)

        Did you ever stop to think that's because maybe, no matter how much you may wish to moan about everything, this is as good as it gets?

        I know, I know, you want to listen to the fascist who tells you she can solve all the worlds ills if we just blame it on those guys.

        Yeah, Europe tried that, didn't work well, turns out it was actually much worse than what everyone is sticking to instead. Rather than assume everyone is an ignorant drone and you're the only enlightened person on the planet, maybe you should consider that in fact there's a good reason that people vote for the status quo that's made them the 5th richest nation in the world despite having a fraction of the world's population and resources to achieve that success?

        Yes, I know, it's all terrible, everything's awful with the liberal West, it's terrible, sure, great, only it's just less terrible than all the alternatives. Even in the modern era you only have to look at Putin's Russia to see how awful the autocratic miserable hate filled blame gaming alternative is. I don't know about you but I'd much rather be at the bottom of the wealth ladder in somewhere like France, than at the bottom of the wealth ladder in Russia. That's why people rejected Le Pen, because no matter how bad things may appear to be in somewhere like France, no matter how much you may wish to whine about, no matter where on the wealth ladder you sit, you're still better off, and more free, than you would be under the alternative that was on offer.

  • Bad day to be Putin (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lisandro ( 799651 ) on Sunday May 07, 2017 @02:26PM (#54371925)

    Congratulations to the French people.

  • by rsilvergun ( 571051 ) on Sunday May 07, 2017 @02:52PM (#54372017)
    Though to be fair Macron was orders of magnitude better than Hillary. Maybe not as a public servant but at least at campaigning. Hopefullyâ post Trump the rest of the world will take the far right and the working class problems they play to seriously.
    • by Lisandro ( 799651 ) on Sunday May 07, 2017 @02:58PM (#54372043)

      This had to be said: how Macron will perform as a president is a giant question mark. This is the first public office the guy will hold.

      What makes his win refreshing is that the alternative was Marine fucking Le Pen. In that sense this campaign was reminiscent to the Clinton-Trump election, i.e., a decision between a mediocre candidate and an unfathomable one. Guess the French were wiser this time around.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by dcollins ( 135727 )

      Based on what? He's never held public office and my very-left French partner (who campaigned hard for Hillary) has been calling him "nothing but a wet noodle".

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Well, if a Clinton and Trump supporters both don't like macron... that can only be good :P

    • Exactly right. Many Bremainers and Clintonies were/are quite arrogant whereas this guy seems like a good guy. On top of it he looks very French. Stated policy goals play a part but we mostly vote for the person we like as another human being.

    • by PPH ( 736903 )

      Well, at least no skeletons in Macron's closet. You can hack e-mail and leak the contents to the public all you want. But if there isn't anything illegal/unethical/embarrassing in them, it's not going to affect the election very much.

      If there was a hack but no leak, I'd worry more. Because that's when the adversary is likely to have found something usable as leverage.

  • Wow (Score:4, Funny)

    by Ryanrule ( 1657199 ) on Sunday May 07, 2017 @03:32PM (#54372223)
    Lots of angry russia bots posting here. I guess some are getting sent to siberia for their failure.
  • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Sunday May 07, 2017 @05:15PM (#54372745) Homepage Journal

    Maybe there's something to that running water thing.

  • "right-leaning Canadian site" vs. "far-right video content".

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.

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