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French broadcaster TV5Monde hit by Islamist hackers
by Chine Labbe, Benoit Van Overstraeten, Leila Abboud, Gregory Blachier and John Irish
Hackers claiming to be supporters of Islamic State knocked out channels of French public television station TV5Monde and posted material on its social media feeds to protest against French military action in Iraq.
President Francois Hollande's government branded the cyber attacks, which started late on Wednesday, a "vile and cowardly" affront to freedom of expression and began an investigation, promising to track down those responsible.
Yves Bigot, head of the TV5Monde station, said the assault caused its 11 channels to go temporarily off air and also hit its websites. The network broadcasts news and entertainment programs in French on 11 channels around the world, and is 49 percent owned by state-backed broadcaster France Televisions.
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