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    Candidates for the 2017 presidential election (LtoR) Francois Fillon, former French Prime Minister, member of the Republicans and candidate of the French centre-right, Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, Jean-Luc Melenchon of the French far left Parti de Gauche, Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and Benoit Hamon of the French Socialist party (PS) pose before a debate organised by French private TV channel TF1 in Aubervilliers, outside Paris, France, March 20, 2017.

    Macron, Le Pen Running Neck-And-Neck in 1st Round of French Elections

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    French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front (FN) party leader Marine Le Pen both have public support of 23 percent of the projected votes, according to opinion poll.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front (FN) party leader Marine Le Pen are running neck and neck with 23 percent of the projected votes each in the first round of the upcoming elections, a new poll revealed Tuesday.

    According to the Elabe poll conducted for BFMTV and L’Express, no shifts in the voting intentions have been indicated either for far-left presidential hopeful Jean-Luc Melenchon or The Republicans' party nominee Francois Fillon. Melenchon remains two points behind Fillon with 17 percent.

    In the second round of the election, Le Pen is projected to lose to both Macron and Fillon, with 36 to 64 percent and 42 to 58 percent, respectively.

    The poll was conducted between April 9 and April 10 among 1,002 registered voters.

    The first round of the French presidential election is slated for April 23, while the run-off is expected to take place on May 7.


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