SHOCK POLL: Marine Le Pen to LEAD French presidential race in first round of voting

Monday, January 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

MARINE Le Pen will lead the French presidential elections after the first round of voting, according to a new poll.

Mon, Jan 30, 2017

The Front National chief is set receive more than a quarter of the vote, ahead of Thatcher admirer François Fillon, who is on 22 per cent, and former economy minister Emmanuel Macron, who is on 21 per cent, the Kantar Sofres one-point poll revealed.

Benoît Hamon, a staunch Socialist and the surprise winner of Sunday’s left-wing primary, is set to win 15 per cent of the first-round presidential vote.

But despite being guaranteed a place in the second round of the election Mrs Le Pen is set to lose the presidential race to one of her two rivals.

According to the poll, published by Le Figaro, hop against Mr Fillon, the Front National chief would get 40 per cent of the vote while Mr Fillon would win 60 per cent.

And against Mr Macron, Mrs Le Pen would win 35 per cent of the vote while the left’s “rising star” would take 65 per cent.

Under the unlikely scenario of a showdown between Mr Fillon and Mr Macron, the rebellious socialist will win the presidential race with 58 per cent of the total vote.

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