6 April 2017

Emmanuel Macron is forecast to win the May 7 runoff with 62 percent to 38 percent for Le Pen.

French centrist Emmanuel Macron's lead in France's presidential election has narrowed following a televised debate though he is still on course to win, an Elabe poll for BFM TV showed on Wednesday.

Conservative Francois Fillon, whose campaign had struggled as he fought nepotism allegations, regained some momentum though not enough to make it into the runoff. His score rose to 19 percent in the first round from 18 percent last week.