Le Pen Extends Lead in French Presidential Polls

One which saw Bayrou drop out of the presidential race, one which could tip the balance in Macron's favour. "We can not continue as before the National Front is as the gates of power", he said.

The Harris Interactive poll showed similar results. The party denies wrongdoing.

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The extra return investors demand to hold French rather than German debt shrank from multi-year highs on Thursday as a new centrist pact in France's presidential election race eased market concerns about far-rightist Marine Le Pen gaining ground.

Despite the allegations, opinion polls now show her winning the first round of the election in April, although she is forecast to lose in the runoff in May.

Le Pen, in a speech on Thursday dedicated to foreign policy, suggested France should pull out of NATO's military wing and praised Russian Federation as a "decisive force" in the world.

22 de febrero de 2017, 17:38Paris, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) French Ministry of Justice has charged Catherine Griset, extreme right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen´s personal assistant, with fictitious jobs in the European Parliament (EP).

Le Pen is facing accusations she paid her chief of staff and bodyguard illicitly from European Parliament funds that she is now being pressed by the assembly to repay.

Polls have suggested that Bayrou has the support of about five percent of French voters, and his backing for Macron could prove crucial in pushing the centrist into the runoff.

Macron served under Socialist President Francois Hollande as economy minister, deregulating Sunday trading and coach bus transport.

"When you're neither on the right nor on the left, in fact you're just on the right".

  • Leroy Wright