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Macron slams Russia Today, Sputnik for election ‘propaganda’

May 29, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday accused pro-Kremlin news outlets Russia Today and Sputnik of being “organs of influence and propaganda” against him in this year’s presidential election.

Macron made the remark in answer to a question at a joint news conference with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the run-up to the second round of the election on May 7, aides to Macron accused the Kremlin of mounting a “smear campaign” against the candidate via state media.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.