The Facebook account of French President Nicolas Sarkozy was hacked into over the weekend, to post a fake announcement that he will not be running in the next election.
Posted on Sunday evening, the bogus message read, "dear compatriots, taking into account exceptional circumstances facing our country, I decided in my soul and conscience not to represent myself after my first term in 2012" the poorly spelled fake message said.
The fake announcement also linked to a separate page, "Farewell to Nicolas Sarkozy", inviting well wishers to a "leaving drinks" on 6 May 2012 at Le Fouquet's cafe on the Champs Elysees, the AFP reports.
The message was sharply taken off and the account reclaimed within 15 minutes, but not before over 120 people 'liked' the hacked message.
Acknowledging the breach, Sarkozy said: " My Facebook account was hacked tonight, perhaps to remind me that no system is foolproof. I will make a note of the writing and spelling lesson, but disagree with the hasty message's conclusion."
"Thanks to those who have recognised the error, and thank you again for your support," he added.
The attack comes just as the French President is expected to issue the tender for the first wave of French offshore wind farms, as part of a major new programme that could deliver up to 8GW of new capacity.
Return to security news headlines
View Security News Archive