Emmanuel Macron forbade the representatives from Russian state press to attend his campaign events. In the short two-week campaign period ahead of the vote monsieur Macron announced that the correspondents from media outlets controlled by Russian state will be banned from the events because they, as Macron said, spread fake news systematically. The swipe against the Russian state outlets after Sputnik, one of the Russian media outlets under the governmental control, accused Macron of living a double life claiming he was gay in closet. They also called him a marionette of wealthy gays.Macron, who has a big age gap with his wife, responded to such claims that calling a man gay because he supports gays is homophobia, and providing his wife’s age as a ‘proof’ of his homosexuality is an act of disrespect to all women. A Russian government spokesperson accused Macron of “openly discriminatory” actions by banning the two Russian outlets, noting that “other foreign media have not faced any obstacles”.