The independent centrist is hoping for big gains in Sunday’s election in a bid to avoid a subsequent run-off and second round of voting, which looks likely.
GETTY With the UK out of the EU it leaves two of the most powerful players - France and Germany - with no choice but to work more closely together.
GETTY The independent candidate recently travelled to the German capital to meet with Angela Merkel, with their face-to-face cleverly documented by the pair leaving the curtains of the chancellor’s office open, allowing photographers a glimpse of the occasion.
And he will need their support if he is to pursue reforms to the EU, and has been consulting with European Commissioners including Jean-Claude Juncker, Valdis Dombrovskis, Jyrki Katainen and Andrus Ansip in the run-up to the election.
GETTY Still with an ace up his sleeve, another potential ally has come in the shape of former US president Barack Obama, who spoke with the French candidate by phone on Thursday.