François Fillon bids to restart faltering French presidential campaign as Emmanuel Macron gains support

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‘Emmanuel Macron has found an important ally in his bid to become the next French president.

The centrist independent candidate got the backing of former Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, a prominent socialist figure who will not support his party’s official nominee, Benoît Hamon.

Speaking on France Inter radio on Wednesday, Mr Delanoë said supporting Mr Macron is the best way to ensure the far right will not win the election.

Opinion polls suggest that far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Mr Macron will come out on top in the first-round vote on 23 April. The top two go on to compete in the 7 May presidential runoff.’

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