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France’s researchers undecided ahead of vote

Forty-two per cent of French university staff have not yet chosen which candidate they will vote for in the first round of the presidential election, according to a poll.

The independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and the Socialist Party candidate Benoît Hamon were tied on 15 per cent in a survey of 1,540 higher education professionals conducted by the news service EducPros at the beginning of April.

The survey, which was published on 4 April, had hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in third place among university staff, on 10 per cent, while 9 per cent said they would either abstain or spoil their voting papers. François Fillon, the candidate of the centre-right Republican party, and Marine Le Pen, of the far-right Front National, each attracted 2 per cent.

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