A New Law against Foreign Election Interference in France

The law against the manipulation of information, adopted in France in November 2018, targets the dissemination of fake news by means of digital tools during national election campaigns. It was initiated by President Emmanuel Macron who was the victim of false information, in particular by Russian media RT and Sputnik, when running for the presidential election in 2016. This paper will analyse the new powers given by the law to the French independent authority of TV media and radio regulation, the Audio-visual Superior Council, to fight against any attempted destabilization or disinformation campaign by a media television service controlled or influenced by a foreign state during a national electoral period.