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Tonight's Debate Takes Centre Stage As Polls Show Macron Extending Lead


Focus in the French presidential election centres on tonight's debate between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and right-wing Rassemblement National leader Marine Le Pen ahead of the 24 April run-off election. Debate starts at 2100CET (1500ET, 2000BST) and is likely to last over two hours. Latest daily rolling polls ahead of the debate show Macron retaining a lead over Le Pen, that is stable if not particularly substantial.

  • France, Ipsos-Sopra Steria poll: Macron (EC-RE): 56% (+2), Le Pen (RN-ID): 44% (-2), +/- vs. 2-4 April 2022, Fieldwork: 15-18 April 2022. Sample size: 12,706
  • Elabe poll: Macron (EC-RE): 54.5% (+1), Le Pen (RN-ID): 45.5% (-1), +/- vs. 12 - 13 April 2022. Fieldwork: 18 - 19 April 2022. Sample size: 1.598
  • Harris Interactive poll: Macron (EC-RE): 54% (+1), Le Pen (RN-ID): 46% (-1), +/- vs. 10-11 April. Fieldwork: 15-18 April 2022, Sample size: 2,028
  • OpinionWay-Kéa Partners poll: Macron (EC-RE): 56%, Le Pen (RN-ID): 44%, +/- vs. 16 - 19 April 2022. Fieldwork: 17 - 20 April 2022. Sample size: 1.776
  • Link to livestream of debate can be found here:

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