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During last week's debate, Le Pen insinuated Macron might fall victim to a damaging leak regarding offshore accounts in the Bahamas.

Emmanuel Macron files complaint over Le Pen debate 'defamation' (The Guardian, 4 May 2017)

A member of Macron's entourage said the campaign would "not hesitate to prosecute for defamation" anyone who repeated the claims in public.

Paris prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into whether fake news was being used to influence Sunday's election runoff.

During the heated and sometimes vicious debate, Le Pen told Macron she hoped "we will not find out that you have an offshore account in the Bahamas" - apparently a reference to documents circulating on the internet that linked Macron to a Caribbean bank and were easily identifiable as forgeries. Macron swiftly rejected the comment as "defamation"

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 6th, 2017 at 05:30:34 AM EST

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