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Woman held after ‘mailing erotic pics’ to French minister

A 29-year-old woman has been placed in police custody for allegedly sending "malicious messages" and "erotic photos" to France's Minister for Economy, Emmanuel Macron.

Woman held after 'mailing erotic pics' to French minister
The selfie on the right is (probably) not the one sent to Macron, left. Photo: Larry Neuberger/Flickr

The woman, a law student, is understood to have sent the messages over a period of several months, starting in September.

She was arrested on Thursday at her home in Montpellier for sending “repeated malicious messages aimed at disturbing the peace of others”, Midi Libre reports.

The messages, in which she referred to Macron as her “love” and which included erotic photos of herself, were reportedly sent to the minister's personal email address.

The woman will now have to take a psychiatric exam, which according to Midi Libre aims to ascertain if her infatuation is down to “a passing distraction or a more worrying obsession”. Depending on the results, she is then likely to be tried for harassment.

“There were also photos of her – of which we won’t go into the details,” a judiciary source told the newspaper, adding “we can't tolerate a public person being harassed by emails.”

The 38-year-old politician, who has been in a relationship with his former French teacher for twenty years, only reported the harassment to police in February.

It is thought that the woman discovered Macron’s personal email address after a conference for Internet entrepreneurs, when he invited participants to sent him suggestions for startups via Gmail.
 

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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