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    Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, attends a political rally in Saint-Herblain near Nantes, France, February 26, 2017.

    Le Pen to Beat Macron in Majority of French Regions in 1st Round of Election

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    Far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen is likely to beat independent candidate Emmanuel Macron in seven out of twelve regions of metropolitan France in the first round of the French presidential elections, a poll revealed.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — According to the survey, carried out by Ipsos Sopra-Steria and Cevifop for France 3 television channel and published on Monday, the leader of the "En Marche!" movement would lead in four regions — Bretagne, Ile-de-France, Pays de la Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Metropolitan France is divided into 13 regions, but the survey excluded Corsica.

    Le Pen is expected to take leading positions in Normandie, Hauts-de-France, Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, acccording to the poll.

    The survey was conducted on March 14-17 among 15,000 people.

    Recent polls showed the National Front leader was likely lose in the second round of the elections both against Macron and The Republicans' presidential hopeful Francois Fillon. The first round of the French presidential election is scheduled for April 23, while the run-off is set for May 7.


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