French opposition, media cry foul over 'fake news' bill

 | Fabrice RANDOUX, Isabelle CORTES
 06/08/2018 9:40 AM MDT

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Paris (AFP) - French lawmakers accused the government of attempting to legalise censorship during a stormy debate Friday over a bill designed to fight so-called fake news during election campaigns.

President Emmanuel Macron launched a crusade against misinformation after being targeted during his 2017 campaign by online rumours that he was gay and had a secret bank account in the Bahamas -- claims he rubbished as lies spread by Russian media and the French far right.

The draft law allows a political candidate or party to seek an injunction preventing the publication of "false information" during the three months preceding a national election

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