Emmanuel Macron’s rivals are training their fire on the centrist newcomer as opinion polls signal his narrow lead may be firming three days before the first round of France’s presidential election.
Nationalist Marine Le Pen and Republican Francois Fillon both attacked the 39-year-old former economy minister saying his ideas are weak and vague. Support for Macron rose one point to 25 percent, while Le Pen was unchanged at 22 percent, according to a poll by Harris Interactive-France Televisions out on Thursday. Fillon slipped one point to 19 percent, level with Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon. The Bloomberg Composite of first-round polls showed Macron almost two points ahead, on 24.2 percent.
The four leading candidates all head into the final hours of campaigning with a chance of qualifying for the run-off on May 7. All surveys show Le Pen would lose the final vote, whoever she faces.