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Survey puts Le Pen in presidential pole position

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An opinion poll published by Harris Interactive, carried out for Le Parisien newspaper, showed that extreme-right leader Marine Le Pen would lead the presidential elections in the first round, if they were held now. According to the poll, National Front leader's likely support in next year's vote is 23 per cent, against 21 per cent for the centre-right's Sarkozy. But how seriously can we take these results?