Macron seen beating Le Pen in second round of French election: Le Monde poll

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Posted: Apr 04, 2017 4:57 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is tied on 25 percent of first-round French election votes with far-right leader Marine Le Pen, although Macron would go on to beat Le Pen in the second round, a Le Monde/Cevipof poll said on Tuesday.

The poll - which surveyed 14,300 people between March 31 and April 2 - said Macron would beat Le Pen in the May second-round vote by 61 percent to 39 percent.

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon, whose campaign has been hit by allegations that he paid his wife, a son and daughter hundreds of thousands of euros of public money for minimal work, would come third in the first-round, the poll added.

It said Fillon would get 17.5 percent of first-round votes, while far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon was seen getting 15 percent, above 10 percent for Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Adrian Croft)