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Le Pen Moves Into Lead in French Race, Le Monde Poll Shows

  • Republican candidate Fillon slips since December survey
  • Former Hollande minister Macron in third place, climbing
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Piccoli: France's Le Pen Is Powerful, but Fillon Will Win

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Marine Le Pen is gaining support in France and has taken the lead in a major survey of voters’ intentions for the first round of the presidential election.

The populist leader of the National Front had between 25 percent and 26 percent support compared with 23 percent to 25 percent for Republican candidate Francois Fillon, according to an Ipsos Sopra Steria poll for Cevipof and Le Monde. In mid December, Fillon led with about 28 percent and Le Pen around 25 percent.