MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the survey by Elabe pollster for Les Echos newspaper, Macron could get 24 percent of the votes, behind the right-wing candidate Fillon and his 26 percent, but in front of far-right presidential hopeful Le Pen and her 22 percent.
Macron's chances would decrease if former Prime Minister Manuel Valls snagged the PS nomination, according to the survey.
Macron, who served as economy minister under PS President Francois Hollande, said he would not compete in PS primaries and would instead present his candidature as the representative of En Marche movement he created.
The first round of the presidential elections is scheduled to take place on April 23, 2017, and the run-off, if needed, would be held in May.
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