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Former U.S. president Obama endorses Macron in French campaign
May 4, 2017 / 6:00 PM / 7 months ago

Former U.S. president Obama endorses Macron in French campaign

PARIS (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron for France’s presidential election on Sunday in a video message in which he praised Macron for appealing “to people’s hopes and not their fears”.

A still image taken from a video released by the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, May 4, 2017, shows former U.S. President Barack Obama who endorsed the movement's candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron. En Marche ! social media website via Reuters TV.

“The French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about,” Obama said in the message, distributed by Macron’s camp.

Macron “has stood up for liberal values ... He is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears,” the former president said.

“I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward,” Obama said, concluding his statement with the French title of Macron’s party “En Marche!” (Onwards!) and “Vive la France!”.

Macron is widely seen as the favorite to beat the National Front’s Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s runoff vote.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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