Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Macron Momentum Grows as French Socialist Fights Defections

  • Fillon preparing changes to budget-slashing campaign promises
  • Ayrault says Socialists need to think about beating Le Pen
Video player cover image

New Poll Shows Macron Overtakes Le Pen in French Election

Updated on

Emmanuel Macron showed signs of cementing his lead in France’s presidential race with two more Socialist heavyweights all but endorsing him and a poll putting him ahead of the National Front’s Marine Le Pen for the first round of voting.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault praised the 39-year-old rookie’s policy plans and talked up his chances of victory on Thursday, suggesting Socialists should consider backing Macron rather than their party’s nominee, Benoit Hamon, who is trailing in fourth place behind the Republican Francois Fillon. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has informed President Francois Hollande he also plans to back his former cabinet colleague, BFM TV reported.