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Macron seen winning French presidential runoff with 62 percent of votes: poll

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Published May 5, 2017, 10:18 am IST
Updated May 5, 2017, 10:18 am IST
The survey was carried out after a rancorous final televised debate between the two contenders on Wednesday.
French centrist Emmanuel Macron  (Photo: AFP)
 French centrist Emmanuel Macron (Photo: AFP)

Paris: Macron is seen getting 62 percent of the votes in the second round compared to 38 percent for Le Pen, an increase of three points for the centrist candidate compared to his projected score in the last Elabe poll.

The survey was carried out after a rancorous final televised debate between the two contenders on Wednesday, which Macron was seen as having won by French viewers, according to two recent polls.

 

 French centrist Emmanuel Macron and his far-right presidential rival Marine Le Pen clashed over terrorism, the economy and Europe Wednesday in a bad-tempered TV debate that laid bare their profoundly different visions for the country.

The duel ahead of Sunday's election was billed as a confrontation between Macron's call for openness and pro-market reforms and Le Pen's France-first nationalism.

The tone was set in the opening minutes, with Le Pen branding the former economy minister and investment banker "the candidate of the elite" and the "darling of the system".

 

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