Macron’s Amazon fire backlash

After posting an old photo of the Amazon fires, Macron triggered a sudden Twitter backlash (Source: @LAndriukaitis/DFRLab via StickPNG/archive) In response to the recent uproar around Brazil’s sluggish action on an…

Putin and Pro-Kremlin Outlets Distract from Moscow Protests

When confronted about pro-democracy demonstrations in Moscow, the Russian president highlighted domestic unrest in France (Source: @EtoBuziashvili/DRFLab via @AlexKokcharov) Using a mixture of distraction and whataboutism, Russian President Vladimir Putin used…

The Small World of French Foreign Fighters

Yellow Vest protests highlight the presence of French fighters abroad, particularly Ukraine Imagery of yellow vest (gilets jaunes) protesters holding the flag of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) caused…

Russian Media Spin Putin-Macron Meeting

Selective quoting of Western media to create the image of success Less than a month after French presidential elections in which the Kremlin was accused of meddling, Russian President Vladimir Putin…

#MacronLeaks Campaign Hits Resistance

French internet users mock alt-right US twitter storm Extreme right-wing Twitter users in the United States and France continued to attack the centrist candidate in France’s presidential election, Emmanuel Macron. On…

Hashtag Campaign: #MacronLeaks

Alt-right attacks Macron in last ditch effort to sway French Election With less than two days to go before the final round of the French Elections, an emerging hashtag campaign, #MacronLeaks,…

No Breakthrough for Le Pen’s Online Army

French nationalists struggle to expand beyond their online base Timeline of a machine scan comparing the hashtags #laFrancevoteMarine in February and #sortonsMacron in April. As France counts down to its decisive presidential…

Russian and French Twitter Mobs in Election push

Analyzing two hashtag campaigns ahead of the French election On April 19, four days before France’s presidential election, French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen’s self-declared biggest fan in Russia — Maria Katasonova — launched what…

The Kremlin’s Audience in France

Breaking down the amplifiers of Sputnik and RT in French Graph showing the Twitter followings and level of activity of @RTenfrancais and @sputnik_fr, compared with AFP French and BFMTV. One of the…

Le Pen’s (Small) Online Army

How a French far-right group tried to break into Twitter’s trends France holds presidential elections on April 23. Ahead of the polls, reports are emerging of sophisticated online groups supporting…