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>> Francois Fillon is not likely to get through to the runoff vote for the French presidency according to a new election poll. The survey conducting by French pollsters BVA show a slide in ratings for the French conservative presidential candidate after he became embroiled in a scandal involving salaries paid to his wife for work she may not have done.
The news will come as a blow to the former prime minister, who had previously been seen as the front runner. And now it seems likely that the conservatives will join their left wing counterparts in most likely having no candidate in the final stages of the election. The chance of having a democratic candidate in the runoffs has all but ended, chiefly due to the unpopularity of current president François Hollande.
The poll gave Fillon between 18 and 20% of the vote in the April 23rd first round, behind far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. Le Pen, who heads the anti-immigrant National Front, is projected to lose to Macron in the May 7th knockout by 34% to his 66.
Another poll released on Friday showed a similar slide in support for Fillon since the scandal emerged, but he has vowed to fight what he called a demolition exercise.>>