Asia Unhedged | Macron now polls to win both rounds, but the French election could be a nail-biter up until the end
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Reuters, Christian Hartmann
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Reuters, Christian Hartmann
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Macron now polls to win both rounds, but the French election could be a nail-biter up until the end

Despite Macron's lead in the polls, Le Pen has a strong and growing base.

March 11, 2017 4:13 AM (UTC+8)

The Telegraph reported Thursday that for the first time one poll showed French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron winning both rounds of the French presidential election. That is good news for those fearful of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen’s anti-European Union rhetoric, but another poll indicated there was continued disunity in the anti-Le Pen vote. The survey showed that support for a third candidate, François Fillon, had stopped eroding from a recent scandal, which would spell trouble for Macron’s chances in first round voting. The Financial Times also noted that Le Pen’s National Front party, once far out of the mainstream, has become an acceptable alternative for a much larger section of the electorate.

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