French election 2017 LIVE updates Latest news as Marine Le Pen heads to the polls

and Emmanuel Macron are neck-and-neck in the latest French polls, with the first round of voting set to take place on Sunday March 23.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon has stormed ahead in popularity in recent weeks and now stands just a point behind former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, whose own bid has been hampered by the ‘Penelopegate’ scandal.

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