Emmanuel Macron Files Defamation Complaint Against Marine Le Pen for ‘Implying He Had Account In The Bahamas’ 

According to an aid, French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron filed a complaint Thursday after his far-right rival Marine Le Pen implied he had an “offshore account in the Bahamas”.

“We will not hesitate to prosecute for defamation anyone who repeats this false information,” a member of Mr Macron’s camp said.

During Wednesday’s ferocious televised debate Ms Le Pen said: “I hope that we will not find out that you have an offshore account in the Bahamas.” Macron refuted the suggestion as “defamation”.

Judicial sources said prosecutors in Paris had opened a probe following the complaint from Mr Macron, which comes three days before Sunday’s presidential run-off against Ms Le Pen.

 According to a source close to the case, the complaint targets “information that circulated Wednesday night on the internet” alleging tax evasion in the Bahamas.

Speaking on French radio Thursday, the centrist, pro-EU candidate characterised the insinuations as “fake news and lies” from “sites, some of which were linked to Russian interests”.

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