Poll: Macron, Le Pen tied at 26% each in first round of French election

Next in the poll were Socialist Benoit Hamon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, tied on 12%.

FILE:This file photo taken on January 17, 2017 shows French Front National (National Front - FN) far-right party's President, European MP and presidential candidate for the 2017 election Marine Le Pen during a plenary session of the European Parliament marking the election of its new President in Strasbourg. Picture: AFP

PARIS – Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen would lead the first round of voting in France's presidential election with 26% each, a Kantar Sofres-Onepoint poll showed on Sunday.

Conservative Francois Fillon came third in the poll on first-round voting intentions, with 17%, which would eliminate him from the second-round run-off.

Next in the poll were Socialist Benoit Hamon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, tied on 12%.
French voters go the polls on April 23 and May 7 in the two-round election.