Macron seen winning French presidential runoff with 62 percent of votes

"It's the high certainty that Macron will actually win the election", Sebastien Galy, currency strategist at Deutsche Bank in NY, said of the euro's gains.

Macron, a progressive who supports greater European Union cooperation, faces anti-EU far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a runoff Sunday.

A poll on Friday by Odoxa said a quarter of the French electorate was likely to abstain in Sunday's vote, many of them left-wing voters disappointed after their candidates missed reaching the runoff.

Polls this week conducted before the TV debate showed Macron leading by 60 per cent before the final vote.

"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", he said.

In the video, Obama stares into the camera and says he made a decision to weigh in because the French election is just too important to remain silent. Le Pen wants to implement protectionism measures if elected and said the British economy has benefited from the Brexit vote.

In the two-and-a-half-hour "slanging" match featuring more invectives than any other debate in French presidential history, Macron branded Le Pen ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously nationalistic and a "hatefilled" liar who "fed off France's misery" and would bring "civil war".

"We must never let untruths, attacks and destabilization go unchallenged, above all at the end of the campaign", Macron said on French television.

Macron sued after far-right rival Marine Le Pen suggested Wednesday night in a debate that he could be holding an offshore account in the Bahamas. "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; and he is committed to a better future for the French people".

Pollsters said Macron had been boosted by his performance in a rancorous final televised debate between the two contenders on Wednesday, which the centrist was judged by French viewers to have won, according to two surveys.

Obama ended his message with the words "En Marche", the name of Macron's political movement which means "In Motion" in English, and "Vive La France".

On the campaign trail visiting a transport company in Brittany, Ms Le Pen was greeted by protesters who shouted hostile slogans and threw eggs at her.

Le Pen said as president she would expel all illegal immigrants and place a ceiling of 10,000 legal immigrants a year - compared to 270,000 residence permits now issued yearly. If I wanted to do so I would have done it yesterday.

  • Leroy Wright