Marine Le Pen EXTENDS lead in first round of French presidential voting, new polls find
An Elabe poll has Marine Le Pen surging ahead of her nearest rivals and snatching 28 per cent of the vote, while her nearest rival and former frontrunner Francois Fillon loiters on 21 per cent of the vote.
Benoit Hamon, who has been dubbed the French Jeremy Corbyn, is expected to only win just 13 per cent of the vote, according to the same poll.
An Ifop poll puts Le Pen on 26 per cent of the vote, while Macron and Fillon trail on 19 per cent each.
Despite the positive predictions in the first round of presidential voting for Le Pen, pollsters believe the eurosceptic 48-year-old will struggle in the second round of voting on May 7.
The latest Elabe polls found Macron would clinch 59 per cent of the second round of votes while Le Pen would only win 41 per cent.
Despite a dominant performance from Macron, the Elabe poll found Le Pen had closed the gap gained and extra six per cent of the vote while the former banker dropped the same amount.
Despite losing the run-off in the second round of voting against Fillon, Le Pen has increased her share of the vote an extra three per cent from the last poll carried out by Opinion Wall while her rival fell by the same tally.
Le Pen pulled out of a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti yesterday after refusing to wear a headscarf.