The leader of the far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, has extended her lead in opinion polls ahead of the first round of the French presidential election on April 23.


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According to a BVA-Salesforce poll published Thursday, Le Pen would get 27.5 percent of the vote, up from 25 percent in the last survey on February 4.


Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron would finish second in the first round with 21 percent, down from 22 percent in the previous poll. Conservative candidate François Fillon would come third with 19 percent of the vote.


Le Pen is expected to lose the second round of the vote on May 7 to Macron 61 to 39 percent.




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