France's Le Pen renews anti-Islam remarks ahead of election

"The euro is mostly a knife stuck in our ribs to make us go where others want us to go", Le Pen said to loud cheers and applause.

Compared to Macron, 81 percent of voters supporting far right leader Le Pen informed that they will surely vote for her.

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon, an outsider to win after involvement in a financial scandal, said on Monday he would order a parliamentary inquiry into allegations President Francois Hollande interfered in the justice system, if elected. The fight in the first round would be close as most of the opinion polls have suggested. "We are going to be ahead in the first round and we're going to beat them", he said.

Only the top two candidates go through to the May 7 run-off, where polls predict Macron would easily beat Le Pen, who wants to take France out of the euro and hold a referendum on European Union membership.

The poll showed independent Macron had solidified his voter base, with 63 percent of those opting for him sure of their decision, up 8 points from a week ago and his highest certainty score since campaigning began in earnest in February.

The current elections have witnessed many changes in the recent weeks. Such an outcome would put Le Pen and Macron through to a second round runoff on May 7 which the polls say Macron would win. Despite Fillon denying any wrongdoing, voter support for him declined after the news reports emerged.

Earlier this week a Harris Interactive poll found that 53 percent of voters felt Hamon should pull out of the race in favor of Melenchon, a firebrand left-winger who quit the Socialist party several years ago and is now candidate of the Left Party.

Le Pen was due to hold a meeting in Bordeaux on Sunday, but it was her two main rivals who were making headlines on Saturday.

Estrosi is from a wing of French conservative politics that is far to the right of the Socialist government under which the 39 year-old Macron served as economy minister until last year.

France faces the same fate as Greece, he said during a visit to Corsica, reviving a controversy he stoked on the Mediterranean island in 2007 when - during his term as prime minister under Sarkozy - he said he was head of a "failing state". "But he is not the candidate of the right", said Fillon spokeswoman Annie Genevard.

  • Leroy Wright