France's Fillon Seen Beating Le Pen in Presidential Election

According to an opinion poll, Francois Fillon would beat Marine Le Pen in the presidential election's second round with 67% of the votes.

Paris: French conservative candidate Francois Fillon would easily beat far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in next year’s presidential election, according to a Harris Interactive poll conducted on the day Fillon won his party’s nomination for the election.

Fillon would beat Le Pen in the presidential election’s second round with 67% of the votes versus 33% for Le Pen, the poll said.

In the first round, Socialist President Francois Hollande would only get 9% of the votes. Were he to run instead of Hollande, his prime minister Manuel Valls would also only get 9% of the votes.

Their former economy minister Emmanuel Macron would get 13 to 14% of the votes. Jean-Luc Melenchon, a leftist firebrand and a former Socialist party member, would get between 13 and 15%.

Only the top two candidates in the first round go through to the second round run-off.

The poll was conducted on Sunday, with 6,093 persons interviewed online.

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