Three new public opinion surveys published on Thursday suggest the far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, is gaining ground against front-runners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. For Melenchon, the challenge is 2% and ten days to go. And the results of the French elections can affect Europe profoundly.

In all three surveys published on Thursday – Ipsos, Harris, and Ifop Fiducial – the far-left Presidential candidate is 2-to-3,5% behind the frontrunners. Melenchon’s appeal is between 19-20%...

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