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    France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Netherlands' Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders take a Selfie during a European far-right leaders meeting to discuss about the European Union, in Koblenz, Germany, January 21, 2017

    Le Pen’s Victory Chances Up by 2% in Run-Off Elections – Poll

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    The popularity of France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen has grown by two percent over the past 24 hours in a second round of elections scenario where she faces independent candidate Emmanuel Macron, although he is still slated to lead, an Opinionway poll showed Friday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) – According to the new poll, Le Pen is likely to gain 40 percent of votes, with Macron securing 60 percent.

    The poll also compared the possible results if Le Pen stood against The Republicans' presidential candidate Francois Fillon in the run-off elections, indicating that Le Pen and Fillon were likely to gain 43 and 57 percent, accordingly — which is the same as Thursday's poll showed.

    The first round of the French presidential elections is scheduled for April 23, while the run-off is slated for May 7.

    Fillon's, Macron's Chances to Enter French Run-Off Presidential Elections Even

    The chances of independent candidate Emmanuel Macron and The Republicans' nominee Francois Fillon to enter the second round of French presidential elections have equaled, as both candidates are likely to gain 20 percentage points, the poll showed.

    Fillon’s popular support in the first round has not changed over the past 24 hours, while Macron has lost one percentage point compared to Thursday results, thus the potential gap between the candidates has been eliminated, an Opinionway poll demonstrated.

    Fillon had been considered the leader in the presidential race, before he lost popularity amid a scandal that erupted in late January around his wife’s allegedly fake employment. In the past weeks, his popularity was below that of Macron's, who was seen as the potential election winner.

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