Allegedly, around two dozen accounts on the social network were created by Russian intelligence operatives in order to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials, and others close to the former financier as he battled nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election.
The charges seem somewhat unbefitting of Russian intelligence agents — after all, Western media and politicians have repeatedly painted the GRU as an extremely cunning, tech-savvy, borderline omnipotent agency, capable of throwing results of referenda, and major hacking feats, with but a few mouse clicks.
By contrast, this supposed operation's tactics appear immediately amateurish and unambitious, and almost inevitably doomed to failure. How could (and indeed why would) an agency that is said to have been able to break in to the Democratic National Convention's email servers resort to such an inauspicious, sloppy and unenterprising ruse?
The obvious question is why the evidently fictional meme of Russian meddling in the French election is being placed back on the media agenda. One answer may lie in Macron's actions since the election — particularly his May meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the summit, the pair agreed to work constructively on a number of issues — ever since, the French President has done and said a number of things that have undoubtedly served to enrage anti-Russian forces. For one, the pair agreed to work together against the threat of cyberattacks, but most critically, Macron has acknowledged Putin was right all along, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must stay in office. The historic U-turn means a likely end to the vicious war that has been waged by foreign powers on Assad's Syria since 2011, and leaves countries still committed to regime change in an increasingly slim minority.
As a result, it may be sowing discord and division between the two freshly confirmed allies is a top priority for certain hostile elements in the West. Should France's constructive relationship with Russia deepen further, stories of GRU meddling in the French election in Macron's favor could even begin to circulate.