France's Fillon seen winning presidency against Le Pen - poll | Reuters

PARIS French former prime minister Francois Fillon would win France's upcoming presidential election in a runoff against far-right National Front leader Marin Le Pen, according to an Ifop Fiducial poll published on Wednesday.Fillon, currently under fire over allegations that his wife benefited from a fake job as his parliamentary assistant, was seen winning 60 percent to Le Pen's 40 percent in the May 7 runoff, in the poll for Paris Match magazine.However, Le Pen was expected to come in first in the April 23 first round, followed by Fillon with 21 percent and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron at 20 percent.

The poll was conducted among 1,400 voters on Feb. 29-Feb 1 and included the assumption that centrist Francois Bayrou, who has yet to say whether he is a candidate, would run.

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Laurence Frost)

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Published Date: Feb 01, 2017 11:30 pm | Updated Date: Feb 01, 2017 11:30 pm


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