Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate in the French presidential election, has refuted his rival’s claims that he is heavily linked with the banking sector.
The former investment banker-turned-politician was at one time France’s Economy Minister, in current President François Hollande’s government.
“I’m not under the thumb of the banks. If that were the case, I would have carried on working for them. If I was under their control, when I was in the French cabinet, I wouldn’t have proposed a law to cut the banks’ monopoly. If that were the case, I wouldn’t have presented a programme which is also for the middle and working classes,” he said in a radio interview on Tuesday (May 2).
The latest opinion polls suggest Macron will win Sunday’s presidential election by 60 percent to 40 percent for the far-right Marine Le Pen.