With the French presidential election looming, centrist Emmanuel Macron has ceded ground to far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, according to latest polls. Lucy Fielder reports.
A narrowing lead, but still on course to win the French presidency. Latest polls showing centrist Emmanuel Macron ceding some ground to far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the May election. In the first round later this month, he'd win 25 percent to her 24, with both of them down a percentage point from the last survey two weeks ago. Le Pen has long been expected to do well there though. Macron still likely to trounce the anti-immigration National Front leader in the run-off. But now by 62 to her 38 percent, down from 65 to 35. The poll showing the mood among voters following Tuesday's (April 4) four-hour debate - the first to include all eleven candidates. A sharp wit bagged surprise gains for far-left candidate Jean Luc Melenchon. But Macron's political programme convinced the most voters.