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French President Emmanuel Macron and Valerie Pecresse, President of the Ile-de-France region, visit a neighborhood that suffered from flooding after days of heavy rains hit the country, in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) – French conservative right-wing politician Valerie Pecresse is seen tying with President Emmanuel Macron in a second round of the 2022 presidential election, according to a poll on Wednesday by Elabe conducted for BFM TV and L’Express.

The poll put Macron in the lead in the first round of voting, albeit down 3 percentage points from before at 23 percent, though above 17 percent each for Pecresse and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

If Pecresse made it through to the second round final vote she would tie with Macron, with both scoring 50%, the poll showed.

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Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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