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France's Macron, Le Pen edge further ahead of Fillon, Melenchon in poll

France's Macron, Le Pen edge further ahead of Fillon, Melenchon in poll

Macron is one of the favorites of the French presidential election set for April 23, with a run-off slated for May 7.

Before Sunday's first-round election, Ms Le Pen told RTL radio that she would issue an order to freeze long-term visas for a two-week period so the government can verify, among other things, that the recipients are not taking jobs away from French citizens.

A separate daily Opinionway poll showed on Monday that Macron was tied with Le Pen in the first round of voting at 22 percent, with Fillon at their heals on 21 percent followed by Melenchon on 18 percent.Macron was seen beating Le Pen in the runoff by 64 percent to 36.

The economy is front and centre for the candidates, and centrist Emmanuel Macron again pledged on Tuesday to revisit the famously complex work laws he said are holding back employment.

She is widely tipped to qualify for a second-round runoff, which will be held on May 7 between the top two candidates.

Macron held his biggest rally yet, packing France's Bercy national indoor arena to its 20,000 capacity and delivering an upbeat speech that focused on his vision of France in five years' time.

"We are going to turn the page on the last 20 years because our generation is ready for change", he said.

Mr Melenchon, who has a hard line approach to the European Union, appears to have 20 per cent of the vote catching up on pro-Europe En Marche! candidate Mr Macron who has 22 per cent in polls of polls data.

"We opened the door of the house of France to the mafia, to terrorists who quickly understood the benefits they could get from our incredible powerlessness and send their soldiers of hate among the migrant flows to hit our country in the heart", she said.

Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader of the National Front, said in Paris the choice was between her rivals' "savage globalisation" and her patriotism.

"Honestly, she is the main reason you should be invested in this election", Oliver said of Marine Le Pen.

Dominique Dusart, 57, who heads Macron's En Marche (On the Move) movement in the Yonne area south of Paris, admitted supporters were anxious his support could fall off in the crucial final days. "It has been a bit of a slap in the face because we weren't expecting it".

The heated atmosphere in the French capital, which seems to be consumed by the presidential campaign, led to violent clashes outside the Zenith concert hall, where Le Pen amassed her supporters. That why I'm speaking French to you right now, even though I know I'm making your elegant language sound like a Guy Ritchie remake of 'Amélie.' But please listen.

Melenchon, enjoying a late poll surge, campaigned on a barge Monday floating through the canals of Paris.

Addressing supporters from the boat-deck, the leftist railed against the "fear mongering" of his rivals and the media about his big-spending programme and sympathies for the leaders of nations like Cuba and Venezuela. "Keep the fire of rebellion burning inside you!"

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