Macron's lead narrows in French presidential election, polls show

Macron's lead narrows in French presidential election, polls show

Macron's lead narrows in French presidential election, polls show

The Elabe poll for BFMTV, which broadcast the debate, showed another hard left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, as the "most convincing" with 25 per cent, while Mr Macron was on 21 per cent, Mr Fillon on 15 per cent and Ms Le Pen on 11 per cent.

There Macron was seen winning the presidency 62 percent to Le Pen's 38 percent, a margin that was down from 65 percent to 35 percent two weeks ago.

"You do not present yourself as new when you are using 50-year-old ideas", she said to the former economy minister, who is 39 years old and running for his first elected office.

Emmanuel Macron of the political movement En Marche!

While he remains the favorite to become France's next president, centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron's lead over his rivals has narrowed, according to two recent polls.

Candidates in France's presidential race pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, in La Plaine-Saint-Denis, outside Paris, April 4, 2017. At the same time, the number of supporters of FREXIT (France's withdrawal from the European Union and refusal from the euro) is significantly lower - less than 28% of the Frenchmen.

He was referring to a press report in the satirical Le Canard Enchaine weekly which was the first to allege that Fillon had been paying his wife huge sums of tax-payers money for work she had not properly carried out.

Security issues prompted a vigorous discussion as the country is still under state of emergency following deadly attacks in Paris in 2015.

All passengers on United Flight 3411 to receive compensation
The incident attracted a storm of negative publicity for United, as did their initial handling of it in the immediate aftermath. No passengers on the plane have mentioned that Dao did anything but refuse to leave the plane when he was ordered to do so.

Macron on Saturday said he wanted to restore military service to France for some 600,000 young people each year as part of efforts to face a world entering an era of "turbulence" comparable to the Cold War.

Yet in the May second round, disenchanted supporters of the far-left, the Socialist party or the eliminated mainstream candidate may abstain or put in an invalid protest vote, effectively boosting Le Pen's chances.

Should Le Pen win, we anticipate a likely bear market in French government bonds. Le Pen defended herself by saying she was the victim of "political persecution".

He said "I am entitled to the presumption of innocence".

She said she is "politically persecuted" and added that in any case, as a member of the European Parliament, she has "parliamentary immunity".

"I didn't acknowledge errors". "I know it. I come from a region that is full of graveyards".

Longer term, however, a Macron victory could be negative for the French bond markets because at present his policies are unclear and seem set to do little to address two major economic concerns - France's high debt-to- GDP ratio and high current account deficit.

"With Fillon, the more you look the more corruption and cheating you find", he said.

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