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.
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.