Author: CYNTHIA KROET
Conservative candidate François Fillon will not make it into the second round of the French presidential election this spring, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday.
The poll was published days after claims that Fillon’s wife and children were paid using taxpayers’ money for work they allegedly did not carry out.
It suggests that independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron is most likely to win the election, the first round of which is scheduled for April 23 and the second on May 7, beating far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen and picking up 65 percent of the vote.
Voting intentions for Macron in the first round of voting were unchanged or up 1 point to 22-23 percent compared to the beginning of January. Le Pen’s first round score was up by 3 points to 26-27 percent, whereas Fillon’s score fell by up to six points to 19-20 percent.
Fillon, reacting to the allegations, said Tuesday he was victim of a “professional plot.”
The French financial public prosecutor has launched a preliminary inquiry which could result in a formal investigation.