Le Pen victim of computer hacker

5th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 5, 2007 (AFP) - French far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen is the victim of a computer hacker who has extracted files listing potential sponsors of his presidential campaign, police said Monday.

PARIS, March 5, 2007 (AFP) - French far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen is the victim of a computer hacker who has extracted files listing potential sponsors of his presidential campaign, police said Monday.

Confirmation of the intrusion followed a judicial complaint lodged last week by the National Front (FN) leader, who said political enemies are seeking to derail his sixth bid for the presidency.

"Police have been to his headquarters and can verify that the allegation is correct," a spokesman said.

Candidates have till March 16 to collect 500 signatures of mayors, parliamentarians and other elected officials in order to qualify for the election, which takes over two rounds on April 22 and May 6.

Le Pen, who says he is still some 100 signatures short, alleged on Thursday that several potential sponsors have withdrawn their support after coming under pressure from his opponents.

Mayors named on a list that was pirated from his campaign computer had received harassing telephone calls from "fake journalists", Le Pen said.

Le Pen, 78, shocked France in 2002 when he won through to the second round of the presidential election by beating the socialist Lionel Jospin into third place. He was easily defeated by President Jacques Chirac.

He has been a candidate in every election since 1974, but in 1981 was unable to qualify for the official campaign because he failed to get the necessary 500 backers.

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Subject: French news

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