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French voters struggle on presidential choice

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 01:35

A month before the first round of France's presidential election, 43 percent of voters are hesitant about who to vote for, a poll said on Friday, underlining the uncertainty surrounding the volatile election campaign. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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It's only a month until the first round of France's presidential election, but nearly half of voters still aren't sure who to back. An opinion poll by Odoxa for franceinfo radio finding 43 percent are hesitating between several candidates. Reflecting an "unprecedented' uncertainty in French electoral history. And underlining a volatile campaign. Polls show independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are likely to lead in the first round, heading to a May run-off, where an easy win is predicted for Macron. But the ballot box for the left is looking shaky. Voters for right-wing candidates - Le Pen and embattled conservative Francois Fillon - are more settled in their choices. 60 percent of Le Pen's potential supporters have definitely decided, and 57 percent of Fillon's. Comparing with 47 percent of Macron's and less than 45 percent for leading left-wing contenders. Fillon, once the front runner, has been slipping in popularity since reports surfaced in January alleging he paid his wife with public funds for work she may not have done. He's accused President Francois Hollande of being involved in a government plot to spread damaging media leaks. Voters have until April 23rd to make up their minds.

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French voters struggle on presidential choice

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 01:35