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Obama's Macron Endorsement Looks Like a Safe Bet

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By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 06:40 AM

Former president Barack Obama endorsed Emmanuel Macron in a video released by the leading French presidential candidate who is trying to seal the election against Marine Le Pen.

Macron, the centrist candidate, was reported to be up 20 points against Le Pen, of the far-right National Front party going into Sunday's runoff election, reported The Guardian.

"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 in the video.

He ended the short video by saying that he believes Macron appeals to the French "people's hopes and not their fears."

Public Radio International reported that the Boston-based Suffolk University Political Research Center released a poll this week that stated that the former U.S. president has a 90 percent favorable rating in France.

Even though Obama is not eligible to run for president in France, nearly 50,000 signed a petition in March asking him to get into the race. The "Obama 2017" campaign even put up posters in Paris with Obama's picture with the slogan "Oui on peut," or "Yes we can."

Obama's overseas intervention failed in the Brexit vote last year while he was president. He had urged British citizens to remain in the European Union, saying that "The U.K. is at its best when it's helping to lead a strong European Union. It leverages U.K. power to be part of the EU," per The Atlantic.

The United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in a June 2016 referendum 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent, said the BBC News.

Le Pen has been an EU critic, saying in March that "The European Union will die because the people do not want it anymore ... arrogant and hegemonic empires are destined to perish. The time has come to defeat globalists," per Reuters.

Macron, of the En Marche party, won 24 percent of the vote in the April election while Le Pen earned 21.3 percent, leading to Sunday's runoff, noted BBC News.

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