Macron bombarded with texts after mobile number leaked online

French president Emmanuel Macron was inundated with text messages, many of them unflattering, after his mobile phone number was published online.

Macron bombarded with texts after mobile number leaked online
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The Elysée confirmed the president’s number was made public “a dozen or so days ago” following which he received texts, which were “not always flattering”, according to reports in the French media.

The president, whose popularity rating has nosedived in recent weeks, also received a few late night phone calls, according to French news site Challenges, which revealed the story.

Challenges quoted one French minister who was humoured by what had happened and relieved that Macron was, for a while at least, unable to contact him in the middle of the night after being forced to change his number.

The source of the leak online was not a hack, as some might have expected. Instead, it came from the stolen phone of a journalist who had one of Macron’s numbers saved in their contacts book, from when the president was a former minister under François Hollande.

The Elysée palace insisted there had been no breach of security as the phone was used by the president for personal rather than professional reasons.

Macron’s team confirmed the president actually has two mobile phones, as shown in an official portrait (see below), and hardly used the phone number that was shared online.

Aside from his two mobiles, “the head of state also has an encrypted phone and secured telecommunication lines,” the Elysée added.



Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.