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A new poll of voters in the upcoming French elections shows National Front candidate Marine Le Pen solidifying her lead as the most popular politician in France in the first round of votes. In December, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded the Kremlin interfered in the U.S. presidential election by hacking into emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Le Pen, who heads the National Front and is Macron's closest competitor in the race for the Elysee, wants to take France out of the European Union and supports Russian policy on Ukraine.

The report appeared to play a part in Macron being forced on February 7 to kill rumors of an extra-marital gay relationship. In this framework, she said French Jews should be banned from wearing kippahs in some public spheres to preserve equality and facilitate further bans on wearing Muslim religious clothing. "It is obvious, objectively, that a certain number of Russian media clearly don't want that", he said.

Russia Today, which is also funded by the government, denied the claims.

Fillon's campaign has been hit by probes into allegations of fake work carried out by Fillon's wife.

In the report in Sputnik, Dhuicq accused Macron, a former investment banker, of being an agent of "the big American banking system".

"Today, we have to look at the facts: two major media platforms Russia Today and Sputnik, that belong to the Russian state, broadcast false news daily". The results of this poll ratify Macron as the favorite to win the presidential elections scheduled in April and May, displacing right-wing Fillon, who for months was considered the sure victor of the presidency of France for the next five years.

"That there is a hysterical anti-(President Vladimir) Putin campaign in certain countries overseas is an obvious fact".

Marine Le Pen's pledge to ditch the euro if elected French president would cost the country over 30 billion euros a year in increased borrowing costs, the country's central bank governor warned Monday. The Elysee has so far not confirmed any such meeting.