The big debate

Marine Le Pen hopes to break the glass ceiling

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François Fillon, Benoît Hamon, Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Mélenchon

France’s presidential race begins in earnest when millions tune in on Monday night at 8.30 p.m. for the first of three unprecedented televised debates.

Ms Le Pen is up against Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist frontrunner, conservative nominee François Fillon, Socialist hopeful Benoît Hamon and leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

FIRST ROUND POLLING:
LePen: 26.6%
Macron: 25.6%
Fillon: 18.6%
Hamon: 12.8%

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