Macron judged 'most convincing' in TV debate with Le Pen

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Macron judged 'most convincing' in TV debate with Le Pen
Emmanuel Macron during the TV debate with Marine Le Pen. Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

The first viewer polls are in, and incumbent Emmanuel Macron was judged the most convincing candidate in Wednesday night's nearly three-hour TV debate.


The head-to-head debate between the two candidates in the second round of the French presidential debate was screened live to the nation and, as is tradition, most media organisations ran their own snap polls on who 'won'.

An Elabe poll for TV station BFM and newspaper L'Express found that 59 percent of viewers said that Macron was more convincing during the debate.

Le Pen was judged most convincing by 39 percent of viewers, while two percent did not give an opinion.


Commentators posting on social media judged that Macron had the better grasp of detail and the technicalities of his policy, but at times appeared arrogant and patronising.


Le Pen made it a point to show empathy for the struggles of ordinary French people, but at times appeared muddled and confused and confused about her policies.


Going into the debate Macron was leading the polls with an average lead of 56 percent to 44 percent, with three days to go until the second round of voting on Sunday, April 24th.  


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