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Friday, May 5, 2017

France elects a new President in 48 hours ...Obama weighs in.

French voters head to the polls in the final round of the country’s presidential election on Sunday, the 7th of May 2017.
(L-R), Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen.
The far-right Front National’s Marine Le Pen and the independent pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron go head-to-head in the final round of the presidential election this Sunday. 

Macron, the favourite to secure the presidency, topped the first-round with 23.75% of votes, ahead of Le Pen’s 21.53%. As the campaign enters its final days, the candidates will be hoping to pick up voters who backed the conservative François Fillon and the hard left Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round.

Barack Obama has made a last-minute intervention in the French presidential election in support of Emmanuel Macron, saying “the success of France matters to the entire world”. The former US president said he had chosen to declare his support, in a video tweeted by Macron on Thursday afternoon, because of the importance of the election. (Press PLAY to watch Obama's endorsement video below)

“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office but the French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about”.

Obama said he supported Macron because he appealed to “people’s hopes and not their fears” and ended his message with the words “Vive la France.” Before leaving the White House, Obama said he would intervene in public life again when “our core values may be at stake”.

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