French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron takes campaign ‘On the Move’

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There is an unexpected front-runner in France’s presidential race. It’s independent candidate Emmanuel Macron.

CGTN”s Kate Parkinson reports.

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron takes campaign 'On the Move'

There is an unexpected front-runner in France's presidential race. It's independent candidate Emmanuel Macron. CGTN''s Kate Parkinson reports.

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A few years ago no one had heard of Emmanuel Macron, but if the polls are any indication, he’s on track to become the next president of France.

The former Rothschild banker and former economy minister for Francois Hollande ditched the Socialist Party last year to form his own movement, called En Marche! or ‘On The Move’.

Macron has found support among voters looking for for a new type of pragmatic politics that can hold back the progress of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Even so, a win for Macron is by no means guaranteed.

Macron has led a maverick campaign. His rallies always attract large crowds. He’s once seemingly improbably gamble to become the next president of France looks like it might be on the verge of paying off.

Even so, these are the most unpredictable French elections in decades, and the race for the Elysee is not over.