PARIS, March 21 French centrist Emmanuel Macron
has slightly increased his lead on far right leader Marine Le
Pen in the first round of the French presidential election, an
Elabe poll of voting intentions showed on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted after a Monday night televised debate
between Macron, Le Pen and three other leading candidates showed
him leading in the first round by 26 percent against 24.5
percent for the National Front leader.
This was an improvement of 0.5 percent in his position in an
Elabe poll on Monday conducted before the debate, while Le Pen
lost 0.5 percent.
The poll showed Macron beating Le Pen by 64 percent to her
36 percent in the second conclusive round.
(Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson)