French presidential race unexpectedly tightensStaff Writer | April 14, 2017
France's presidential race looked tighter than it has all year on Friday, nine days before voting starts.
France The Ipsos-Sopra Sterna poll
The Ipsos-Sopra Sterna poll for daily Le Monde showed centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen tied on 22 percent each in the April 23 first round, with the far-left's Jean-Luc Melenchon and conservative Francois Fillon on 20 and 19 percent respectively.
That 3 percentage point gap among the top four was within the poll's margin of error, suggesting the election is wide open.
A second poll published on Friday showed a bigger, six-point gap separating the four main players in a first-round field of 11 candidates.
The daily survey by Opinionway had Macron as leader on 23 percent and Melenchon the laggard on 17. ■