Le Pen still leads, Fillon loses to Macron in new French poll

After the controversy surrounding the revelations of  Le Canard Enchaine on the earnings of his wife and children, the candidate of the right and the center is now losing to Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.

Enmeshed in controversy since the revelations from Le Canard Enchaine about earnings of his wife and children with his parliamentary funds, François Fillon has stalled in the polls. According to a survey from Elabe for Les Echos and Radio Classique published on Wednesday, the right-wing candidate for president would be eliminated in the first round with only 19% or 20% of the vote.

If the poll was held on Sunday, the former prime minister would lose 5 to 6 points compared to the previous poll, and would finish behind Emmanuel Macron (22% or 23%) and Marine Le Pen (26% or 27%). Though Le Pen is expected to do well in the first round, she is expected to lose in the second. According to page 12 of the poll (shown below) she would lose against Macron with 35% vs 65%, and lose against Fillon with 41% vs 69%.

Although he ranked only sixth among those perceived as “the most honest” – behind of Benoît Hamon, Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and François Bayrou – there is another ranking that may reassure François Fillon. The deputy of Paris appears indeed to have the “qualities” necessary to be at the Elysee, and is quoted second by 36% of the French. He is only marginally beaten by Emmanuel Macron at 46%.

Source: Fillon eliminated in first round of presidential polls