French Presidency: Macron overtakes Fillon as allegations bite

Up and coming independent challenger Emmanuel Macron, founder of the En Marche! movement, has moved ahead of conservative rival Francois Fillon (Les Républicains) in tonight’s rolling Ifop/Fiducial survey.

While Macron has edged up only half a percentage point in Presidential voting intentions, to 20.5 per cent, Fillon has lost 2.5 points in three days, sinking to 18.5 per cent. The former Prime Minister is facing serious allegations in relation to the employment of his wife and children on parliamentary business, with a judicial enquiry underway.

In this the third of Ifop/Fiducial’s daily polls, Macron is for the first time projected to face Marine Le Pen (FN) in the second round. In such a projected contest the former Economy Minister is credited with 63 per cent of voting intentions against 37 for Le Pen.

Pollster: Ifop/Fiducial. Media partners: iTélé, Paris Match, Sud Radio. Fieldwork: 31.01-03.02.2017. Sample: 1430. Method: Online. Full results including margin of error table on the Ifop/Fiducial and Paris Match websites.


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