PARIS, March 17 France's Emmanuel Macron has
gained ground and would win 26 percent in a first round of
voting in the presidential election next month, moving to within
one point of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, an Ipsos opinion
poll showed on Friday.
The poll, published by Le Monde, saw the centrist politician
going on to beat the National Front's Le Pen in the May 7 runoff
with 61 percent to her 39 percent.
The poll showed that in the April 23 first round Le Pen
would lead with 27 percent and former conservative prime
minister Francois Fillon, in third place, would have 17.5
percent - both unchanged versus the previous poll carried out on
Macron improved his position in the first round by one
percentage point, but fell by one point in the second round
versus the previous poll.
(Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Richard Balmforth)