Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron currently holds 23 percent support, with Marine Le Pen at 22 percent, Francois Fillon with 20 percent, and Jean-Luc Melenchon at 19 percent.
The new elections would take place on June 8 if her proposal wins the support of two thirds of parliament.
With much of the voting public still undecided, four candidates could reach the runoff.
How a group of gritty farmers turned Samsø, Denmark, into a premier global model of renewable energy.
Yugoslavia's breakup a quarter-century ago unleashed wars that killed about 140,000 people and unleashed deep ethnic hostilities. Today, the region’s carefully calibrated path to recovery hangs in the balance.
Adding to tensions around the tightest presidential race in recent memory, a gunman open fired in Paris Thursday evening. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
How a win by the nationalist in the coming French presidential elections – a distant but conceivable outcome – would change France and Europe.
Local media broadcast footage of the Arc de Triomphe monument and top half of the Champs-Elysees packed with police vans and heavily armed police shutting the area down.
Sergei Bobkov paints Siberian cedar nut oil onto a life-size sculpture of Pallas's Cat, also known in Russia as Manul Cat, which he made from Siberian cedar wood shavings using more than 700 thousand pieces over four years, in the village of Kozhany, southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Friday.
The post-communist countries have refused to accept asylum seekers under the bloc's migration plan, but a court case would drag out the issue instead of finding a quick resolution.
Opponents of a law that could close Central European University call the measure a way for Hungary's ruling party – proponent of 'illiberal democracy' – to clamp down on academic freedom.
Swedes observed a national day of mourning on Monday for the four people killed and 15 wounded in Friday's attack.
The train will haul British exports through seven countries before reaching its destination of Yiwu in efforts to Britain to boost its trade links with the rest of the world as it prepares to leave the EU.
The plunge is a sign that a deal between the European Union and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants is working.
A man who allegedly played a role in Russia's hacking of the 2016 presidential election was arrested Friday in Spain.
ETA, the Basque separatist group that has fought an armed struggle for the region's independence from Spain, announced it has turned in its weapons.