Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron caught up with far-right National Front (FN) party leader Marine Le Pen in the polls projecting results of the first round of the French presidential election, with both expected to receive 26 percent of votes, a new OpinionWay survey showed Friday.



According to the survey, the level of support for Macron increased by 1 percent, compared to the poll published Thursday. The Republicans’ candidate Francois Fillon at the same time lost 1 percent, his support rate amounts now to 20 percent.


Comparing with the beginning of the week, both Macron and Fillon slightly improved their positions, as on Monday the projected public support for them amounted to 24 percent and 19 percent respectively. The National Front presidential hopeful lost one percent since Monday.


The French presidential election is scheduled for April 23, while the run-off is set for May 7.




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