Activists and satirists used metaphors and the hashtag #radiolondres to disclose results of France's presidential election's first round before they were officially disclosed.

(picture from the official French Twitter account)

This article titled “The coded Twitter leaks that jumped the French election gun” was written by Melissa Bounoua, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 24th April 2012 12.40 UTC

The French can be impatient – some internet users wanted to know the results of the presidential election’s first round before they were officially disclosed at 8pm on Sunday – which goes against election laws. So just like General de Gaulle during the second world war, codes on Twitter were used with the hashtag #radiolondres to leak preliminary results that were available abroad (from 1940 to 1944, de Gaulle broadcast to his people on “Radio Londres”).

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