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'En Marche! Vive La France' - Barack Obama has weighed in on the French election

Obama says he won’t be getting involved in “many elections”.

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 April 2018

FORMER US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has released a video endorsing Emmanuel Macron for the French presidency.

Macron faces Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s run-off vote and today received the significant endorsement of Obama.

Speaking directly to French voters in the video, Obama says he will not be campaigning in “many elections” from here on out but has made an exception in this case.

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

I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run. He has stood up for liberal values. He put forward a vision for the important role France plays in Europe and around the world.

In a sentence that would seem to be a direct accusation at Le Pen, Obama adds:

He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.

Obama concludes the video mentioning the name of Macron’s fledgling ‘En Marche!’ movement.

“En Marche! Vive La France,” Obama says.

It’s not the first time former Rothschild investment banker Macron has used Obama to promote his campaign.

Ahead of the first round of French voting on 23 April, Macron and Obama spoke to each other on the phone and Macron released a video of the conversation.

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Read: Macron tells Marine Le Pen her election would lead to a French ‘civil war’ >

Read: France had a presidential election yesterday…now what happens? >

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