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French election: Macron boosts lead over Le Pen

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 01:21

Polls suggest centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has solidified his edge over far right firebrand Marine Le Pen, but a string of surprises in the race has left it difficult to call. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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France's presidential election hitting its final stretch; independent centrist Emmanuel Macron apparently strengthening his lead over Marine Le Pen, the champion of the country's far-right. Polls have differed over who would take the lead in a first round of votes in late April, set between a number of candidates. But both Macron and Le Pen are expected to face each other in the final round in May, which Macron is expected to easily win. One survey by Harris Interactive predicting victory with a whopping 65 percent. Yet despite poll numbers the outcome is anything but clear. It's been a roller coaster of a race, starting with the sitting President Francois Hollande's withdrawal. And conservative Francois Fillon, once considered the frontrunner, now struggling after it was reported his wife was paid exhuberant amounts of taxpayer euros for work she may never have done. Le Pen, also embroiled in a financial scandal and Macron accused of having an extramarital affair. Le Pen's camp has dismissed her numbers, insisting she's polling much higher. After U.S. President Donald Trump's unexpected election and the Brexit, she may still be too far behind to ride the right wing wave. Just over a month to go and more twists may be coming.

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French election: Macron boosts lead over Le Pen

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 01:21