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French candidate Macron's team sees cyberattacks from Russia

  • French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, right, answers reporters with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra in Algiers, Monday Feb. 13, 2017. Claims made by Macron's campaign chairman Richard Ferrand Monday, assert that Russian groups are interfering with his presidential campaign but have offered little evidence to back up the claim. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

    French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, right, answers reporters with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra in Algiers, Monday Feb. 13, 2017. Claims made by Macron's campaign chairman Richard Ferrand Monday, assert that Russian groups are interfering with his presidential campaign but have offered little evidence to back up the claim. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)  (The Associated Press)

  • French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen smiles outside a border post Monday Feb. 13, 2017 in Menton, southern France, at the border with Italy. Le Pen wants France to better control its borders to fight illegal arrivals, quitting the border-free Schengen zone as well as the European Union. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana)

    French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen smiles outside a border post Monday Feb. 13, 2017 in Menton, southern France, at the border with Italy. Le Pen wants France to better control its borders to fight illegal arrivals, quitting the border-free Schengen zone as well as the European Union. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana)  (The Associated Press)

  • French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen exits a border post Monday Feb. 13, 2017 in Menton, southern France, at the border with Italy. Le Pen wants France to better control its borders to fight illegal arrivals, quitting the border-free Schengen zone as well as the European Union. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana)

    French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen exits a border post Monday Feb. 13, 2017 in Menton, southern France, at the border with Italy. Le Pen wants France to better control its borders to fight illegal arrivals, quitting the border-free Schengen zone as well as the European Union. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana)  (The Associated Press)

A leading French presidential candidate's aides say Russian groups are interfering with his campaign but have offered little evidence to back up the claim.

Several officials with the campaign of centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron on Monday blamed Russian media and Russian hackers for attempting to sway the result of the two-round French presidential vote that takes place on April 23 and May 7.

Macron campaign chairman Richard Ferrand told France 2 television that Russian state broadcasters were "daily" transmitting "fake news" and that Macron's campaign site and its databases had seen "hundreds or even thousands" of electronic attacks emanating from Russia.

Even if true, experts say such claims do not prove anything because the apparent origin of electronic intrusions only rarely points directly to the actors involved.