Paris, March 18: With the threat of cyber attack affecting the result of the upcoming presidential elections, the French authorities have started to prepare against the threat of the attack. The authorities are considering every possible target of the cyber attack and according to the authorities, the prime target could be the government networks and the websites of the candidates. Also Read - Sputnik V: Trials For Russian Coronavirus Vaccine May Begin in India in Upcoming Weeks

The threat of Russian cyber attack was publicly recognised by President Francois Hollande. In one of his recent interviews, President Francois Hollande accused Russia of trying to interfere the campaign. “Russia is using all of its means to influence public opinion,” he said further adding that “It is not the same ideology as in the time of the USSR, [but] it is sometimes the same methods, with more technology, a strategy of influence, of networks, with very conservative moral views.” Also Read - National Security Advisors of BRICS Nations to Hold Virtual Meeting on Thursday

Apart from French President, the French intelligence service has also raised an alarm against the cyber attack and two security meetings were also organised by the intelligence service at the Elysee palace, chaired by President Hollande. Also Read - Sputnik V Update: Russia Confirms Deal to Supply 100 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to India

In the council of defence held in early March, President Hollande ordered “mobilisation of all the state’s necessary means to prevent any malevolent action from tarnishing the campaign and the vote.”

It is been speculated that President Hollande and the French intelligence services raising the issue of cyber attacks over the election indicates that the cyber attacks have already been identified. The first round of the presidential election will be held on April 23 and the run-off will be held on May 7.