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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Gap between Macron and Le Pen continues to shrink in French election

While Macron dropped slightly to 26.5% in an Ipsos-Sopra Steria poll on Thursday, the far-right candidate Le Pen gained to 23%

FILED - 21 January 2017, Rhineland-Palatinate, Koblenz: Chairwoman of the French National Rally Marie Le Pen speaks during the congress of the right-wing populist ENF group in the European Parliament. Photo: picture alliance / Thomas Frey/dpa.
Chairwoman of the French National Rally Marie Le Pen speaks during the congress of the right-wing populist ENF group in the European Parliament in Koblenz (Germany) in 2017. Photo: picture alliance/Thomas Frey/dpa.

Three days before the first round of the presidential election in France, polls see main challenger Marine Le Pen closing the gap on favourite and incumbent head of state Emmanuel Macron.

While Macron dropped slightly to 26.5% in an Ipsos-Sopra Steria poll on Thursday, the far-right candidate Le Pen gained to 23%.

According to the poll, left-wing populist politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon lost slightly in third place with 16.5%.

An Ifop poll showed the same trend on Thursday, with Macron also losing slightly at 26.5% and Le Pen gaining to 24%.

Mélenchon remained stable at 17.5% in this poll.

Classic parties lag behind

Trailing behind in both polls are the candidates for the classic popular parties, the conservative Republican Valérie Pécresse with 8.5 to 9% and the Socialist Anne Hidalgo with 2% in each poll.

The far-right candidate Éric Zemmour, who was on a high at the beginning of the campaign, is now only at 8.5% in both polls.

Gap between Macron and Le Pen continues to shrink in French election