Supreme Court cancels French election and orders for re-election

PARIS – A Supreme Court in Paris has today ruled the just-ended France Presidential election as void.

Reading the ruling, which was copied to the press, Judge Jean Blanc said there were instances of “fraud and hacking” in the voting and counting process.

The court’s ruling comes after a group loyal to Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, Unidos por la Democracia, filed a suit against the electoral body for a re-election.

The group added evidence of “fraud and hacking” perpetrated by a group of Russians and South Africans resident in Paris.

Checks by the court revealed that the Russians and South Africans accused of fraud and hacking were brought to the country few days before elections and have links to the candidate Emmanuel Macron.

“The court therefore declares the results of the election void and orders the electoral body to organize a fresh election” – Judge Jean Blanc read.

The 2017 French presidential election was held on 23 April and 7 May 2017. As no candidate won a majority in the first round on 23 April, a run-off was held between the top two candidates, Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN), which Macron won by a decisive margin on 7 May.