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>> France's presidential election hitting its last stretch. Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron apparently strengthening his lead over Marine Le Pen, the champion of the country's far right. Polls have differed over who would take the lead in a first round of votes in late April, set between a number of candidates.
But both Macron and Le Pen are expected to face each other in the final round in May, which Macron is expected to easily win. One survey by Harris Interactive predicting victory with a whopping 65%. Reuters political correspondent in Paris, Michel Rose.>> Marine Le Pen has been hurt recently in the polls.
When she appeared to threaten civil servants at a rally in Knots two weeks ago. That's definitely hurt her and reminded some voters that she wasn't totally mainstream.>> Yet despite poll numbers, the outcome is anything but clear. It's been a roller coaster of a race, starting with the sitting president Françoise Holland's withdrawal and conservative Françoise Fion once considered the front runner, now struggling after it was reported that his wife was paid exuberant amounts of taxpayer euros for work she may have never done.
Le Pen also embroiled in a financial scandal and Macron accused of having an extramarital affair. Le Pen's camp has dismissed her numbers insisting she's polling much higher. After US President Donald Trump's unexpected election and the Brexit, she may still be too far behind to ride the right-wing wave.
>> We're not really seeing any impact of Trump's election in France. French voters are concerned about specifically French issues, such as unemployment, which is very high in France. And that's what they will think about when they cast their ballots.>> Just over a month to go and more twists may be coming.