Leçons du Passé: Understanding Russian Interference in the French Election

In the wake of substantiated claims of Russian attempts to influence elections in the United States and in France, Predata has developed a set of methodologies that can be applied to detect and monitor efforts to influence future elections.

By Eric Falcon

August 31, 2017
russian interest

It would have been difficult to fault France watchers in the Kremlin for overconfidence in January 2017. François Fillon, the leading candidate in the polls at the time, was a long-time contact of Vladimir Putin. Polling second was the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, whose National Front party ran on a platform of economic nationalism, repatriating power from Brussels, rapprochement with Moscow on Ukraine and Syria and rejecting immigration –all wish list items for Moscow. Trailing far behin...