>> No knockout blows, but centrist Emmanuel Macron might have landed the biggest hits in France's presidential debate. The former economy minister faring best in the snap opinion poll taken shortly after. Over the three and a half hours, the five presidential candidates clashed. Macron and his main rival, far right lead Marine Le Pen, holding some of the more feisty exchanges.
Immigration, Europe and even the burkini featured in the barbs. Last year a temporary ban on the full body swimsuit stirred controversy in France. The pair ended this arena on the back of opinion polls showing them pulling away from the pack.>>
> Their fire brand left as Jean-Luc left went onshore and also had a good night, according to a snap survey by a lap posters.
Former front runner Francois Fillon didn't mount a major comeback, the candidate desperately in need vote balance amid the campaign plagued by scandal. Two more debates will follow before the first round of voting in late April. Only two candidates will go through if Macrone currently tipped to easily beat Le Pen but their standings are far from set in stone.
40% of French voters reportedly still do not know who to back