2 Frenchmen go on trial for stealing Emmanuel Macron's online identity

Last Updated: Mar 14 2018 17:17

Frenchmen are going on trial for allegedly stealing Emmanuel Macron’s online identity last year when he was running for president, 2 Frenchmen are now going on trial. 

On Wednesday, the unusual case to be heard in a Paris court followed a complaint filed by Macron a few days before he was elected French president in May.

The main defendant is accused of using a Gmail address purporting to belong to Macron to send a long political email titled “10 good reasons not to vote for me.”

The 38-year-old has declined any intent to pose as Macron. He faces up to one year in prison and a €15,000 ($17,600) fine if found guilty.