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Russia Condemns French Information Doctrine as 'Social Networks Militarisation'

© AP Photo / Jean-Francois BadiasSoldiers of the French Foreign Legion parade on the Champs Elysees avenue during a rehearsal for Bastille Day, early Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Paris
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Paris had earlier expressed its new stance on information warfare, to "counter the growing spread of fake news and disinformation, aimed at weakening Paris' and its armed forces' image".
Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticised the new French Infowar doctrine, saying that Paris' statement on the issue raised grave concerns.

"France has officially embarked on a course of militarising social networks, transforming the auxiliary tools of 'classical' military propaganda into an independent type of weapons", Zakharova wrote on Telegram.

The doctrine, announced earlier this month by the French Defence Minister Florence Parly, suggested that France should be "on the offensive" to "win the war before the war", when it comes to information.
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