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France's Macron, Le Pen edge further ahead of Fillon, Melenchon in poll

France's Macron, Le Pen edge further ahead of Fillon, Melenchon in pollFrench centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to top the voting in the first round of France’s presidential election ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and their leads over conservative Francois Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon have widened, a poll showed on Monday. The Elabe poll for magazine L’Express showed Macron winning 24 percent of the vote on Sunday, up from 23.5 percent the last time the survey was conducted a week ago. Le Pen’s score also improved slightly, rising to 23 percent from 22.5 percent, which would put her and Macron on course to face off in a May 7 runoff that he was seen winning by 62 percent to 38 percent.



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France's scandal-hit Fillon put under formal fraud investigation

France's scandal-hit Fillon put under formal fraud investigationBy Brian Love and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) – French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was put under formal investigation by magistrates on Tuesday on suspicion of embezzling state funds – a move that may ruin the right-winger’s hopes of winning power in May. Fillon’s campaign has been dogged by allegations he lavishly paid his British wife Penelope and two of his children hundreds of thousands of euros of public money for assistance, but he has refused to pull out of the presidential race. The former prime minister had been due to meet investigators on Wednesday but, in a surprise move, the meeting was brought forward by 24 hours – apparently to spare Fillon the full glare of the media. The 63-year-old conservative candidate was put under formal investigation on suspicion of diverting public funds, complicity in misappropriating funds, receiving the funds and not declaring assets fully, a judicial source said.



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Fillon clings to French presidential race; party not sure

Fillon clings to French presidential race; party not surePARIS (AP) — With the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, French conservative Francois Fillon clung tenaciously to his presidential candidacy Sunday, emboldened by thousands of supporters at a high-stakes rally aimed at quashing pressure on him to step aside because of impending corruption charges.



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Defiant Fillon says 'no one' can stop France election bid

Defiant Fillon says 'no one' can stop France election bidEmbattled French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon vowed that “no one” could force him to quit as he dug in despite calls to withdraw over an expenses scandal, with party leaders heading for a crisis meeting Monday over his candidacy. “No one today can prevent me being a candidate,” Fillon said in a TV interview late Sunday in which he again said an investigation into allegations he gave his wife a highly paid fake parliamentary job was politically motivated. “Of course it is aimed at stopping me being a candidate,” said Fillon, who is to be charged on March 15.



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France's Fillon alleges intimidation as fights to keep bid alive

France's Fillon alleges intimidation as fights to keep bid aliveFrench conservative candidate Francois Fillon told supporters on Saturday they were victims of a a bid to “intimidate” them as he battled to keep his presidential hopes alive. Marking his 63rd birthday, Fillon struggled to turn the page on a nightmare week that saw a haemorrhage of support after he disclosed he would face charges over allegations he gave his family fake parliamentary jobs. With some members of his own rightwing Republicans party urging him to drop out of the campaign, Fillon ruefully told 1,500 supporters at a rally north of Paris he had had “better” birthdays.



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The Latest: France's Fillon: 'No one can stop me' from race

The Latest: France's Fillon: 'No one can stop me' from racePARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's presidential campaign (all times local):



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