Macron seen winning French presidential runoff with 62%

The French Independent centrist is seen getting 62% of the votes in the second round compared to 38% for Le Pen, an increase of three points for the centrist candidate.

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron gestures at the audience during a meeting at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, on 23 April, 2017, after the first round of the Presidential election. Picture: AFP

PARIS – French Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen three days ahead of the presidential runoff, according to an Elabe poll for BFM TV and L’Express released on Friday.

Macron is seen getting 62% of the votes in the second round compared to 38% for Le Pen, an increase of three points for the centrist candidate compared to his projected score in the last Elabe poll.

The survey was carried out after a rancorous final televised debate between the two contenders on Wednesday, which Macron was seen as having won by French viewers, according to two recent polls.