09:09 GMT15 April 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL

    Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe may come ahead of far-right Marine Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron, if The Republicans (LR) party nominee Francois Fillon steps down, a new poll by Odoxa showed Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the survey, Juppe, if he joins the race, may receive 26.5 percent of the votes in the first round, leaving behind Le Pen with 24 percent and Macron with 25.

    The poll was carried out on March 1-2 among 943 adults.

    Earlier on Friday, reports emerged, claiming that the former prime minister said he was ready to become the LR replacement candidate.

    On Wednesday, Fillon announced his decision to stay in the race despite the continuing probe into his wife's allegedly fake employment as his parliamentary assistant.

    Juppe lost to Fillon in the second round of the center-right primaries in November 2016, with 33.51 percent to Fillon's 66.49 percent.

    Never miss a story again — sign up to our Telegram channel and we'll keep you up to speed!



    EU, French Charges Against Le Pen 'Only Increase Chances of Election Victory'
    Le Pen Maintains Leadership in Polls Predicting Results of French Election
    French President Orders Pre-Election Mobilization Against Cyberattacks - Elysee
    elections, Marie Le Pen, Alain Juppe, France
    Community standardsDiscussion