French agency to fight information manipulation as elections loom

France is to launch a 'National Agency for the Fight Against Manipulation of Information' in September, in an effort to prevent foreign powers such as Russia and China from using covert means to influence French voters in presidential and parliamentary elections due in 2022.

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France is to create a state agency to detect fake news over fears that next year’s presidential election could be hit by a “pandemic” of disinformation, reports The Times.