Emmanuel Macron is seeking crucial expat votes in London
More than 3,000 French voters will gather in Westminster’s Central Hall on Tuesday as the leading contender in France’s presidential race aims to gather support from the city’s mainly young French residents.
Over 300,000 people make up London’s globally minded French community – almost about the same size as the city of Nantes.
Many French citizens have been driven abroad by the high-tax policies put into place by the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande.
Macron is globalisation personified, the candidate of the big banks, the European Union and mass immigration.
Front National Deputy Leader Florian Philppot
With nine weeks to go until the first round of voting, the former investment banker and economy minister is hoping his battle against a failing political system will boost his campaign.
Voters who are registered abroad are allowed to cast their ballot in the upcoming Presidential election as well as June’s general election as part of the Northern Europe constituency.
Throughout his campaign, Mr Macron has captured the attention of young and disillusioned voters with his promises of a “modernising revolution”.
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The 39-year-old was, until three years ago, a relative unknown and declares himself “a child of provincial France”.
Thanks to his extensive contact book from his days in banking, Mr Macron has managed to successfully raised millions in campaign funds by holding invitation-only events with expats in London, Brussels, Berlin, New York and even Silicon Valley.
At each event, guests were invited to contribute around £6,400 (€7,500) to his campaign.
Marine Le Pen is likely to make it to the second round of voting
Mr Macron is predicted to be the likeliest candidate to take on Front National leader Marine Le Pen in the second round voting, where he is predicted to win more than 63 percent of the vote.
Mrs Le Pen and her team are reported to be relishing the prospect of a run-off against him.
Emmanuel Macron is France's former economy minister
Front National’s deputy leader Florian Philppot said: “Macron is globalisation personified, the candidate of the big banks, the European Union and mass immigration.
“He is also the candidate absolutely opposed to the patriotism for which Marine Le Pan stands, so there is a clear difference between globalisation and patriotism – that makes us happy.”
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