Macron seen beating Le Pen in second round of French election

Reuters Paris | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 04, 2017

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, attending a campaign rally in Marseille, France, on April 1, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is tied on 25 per cent of first-round French election votes with far-right leader Marine Le Pen, although Macron would go on to beat Le Pen in the second round, a Le Monde/Cevipof poll said on Tuesday.

The poll - which surveyed 14,300 people between March 31 and April 2 - said Macron would beat Le Pen in the May second-round vote by 61 per cent to 39 per cent.

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon, whose campaign has been hit by allegations that he paid his wife, a son and daughter hundreds of thousands of euros of public money for minimal work, would come third in the first-round, the poll added.

It said Fillon would get 17.5 per cent of first-round votes, while far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon was seen getting 15 per cent, above 10 per cent for Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon.

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Published on April 04, 2017
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