Former President Barack Obama has officially announced his endorsement of Emmanuel Macron in the upcoming French election.
“I know that you face many challenges and I want all of my friends in France to know how much I am rooting for your success,” he said in a video announcement. “Because of how important this election is, I also want you to know I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward. En march. Vive la France.”
Macron is the leader of the En Marche Party, France’s socially liberal party, and is running against Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front Party, the country’s nationalist party.
In his announcement, Obama said he supports Macron’s positions and values.
“He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears. And he is committed to a better future for the French people,” he stated. “He has stood up for liberal values. He put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world.”
Trump has not commented directly on the election in France but has said Le Pen would best handle future terrorist threats because “she is the strongest on borders and she is the strongest on what’s been going on in France.”
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