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Obama's call hints at support for Macron in French election

AP  |  Washington 

Former President has spoken by telephone with France's Emmanuel Macron and is hinting at support for the upstart, middle-way presidential candidate.

Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis says the former U.S. Leader spoke to Macron today.

Lewis says Obama heard from Macron about his campaign and "the important upcoming " Lewis says Obama is strongly committed to France being "a leader on behalf of liberal values in and around the world."

Lewis says, however, that Obama isn't offering Macron or another candidate in the race a "formal endorsement."

Macron faces off against anti-establishment populists and other candidates in a first-round vote Sunday. The outcome is being closely watched for signs that is moving toward nationalist candidates who advocate the European Union's dissolution.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 01:42 IST