Barack Obama flexes political muscle, endorses Emmanuel Macron in French presidential race

As Election Day in France nears for Emmanuel Macron and populist candidate Marine Le Pen, former president Barack Obama has voiced his opinion on the race.

"I know that you face many challenges and I want all of my friends in France to know how much I am rooting for your success," Obama said in a video published Thursday. "Because of how important this election is, I also want you to know I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward. En march. Vive la France."

L'espoir est en marche. Merci Barack Obama.

Posted by Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, May 4, 2017

"The hope is in motion. Thanks Barack Obama," Macron wrote as a caption to go with his Thursday Facebook post.

Obama made his first official public appearance since President Trump's inauguration on Wednesday when he announced he and former first lady Michelle Obama will donate $2 million to Chicago summer jobs programs during a community event at the Obama Presidential Center.

The French people will choose between far-right Le Pen, who is often compared to President Trump, and Macron, who Obama says "has stood up for liberal values," this coming Sunday.

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Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, arrives on stage with his wife Brigitte Trogneux to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions hall in Paris after early results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Emmanuel Macron (L), head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand together at a polling station to vote in Le Touquet, northern France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! (Onwards!) and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose for the photograph in Le Touquet, France, April 22, 2017, on the eve of the first round of presidential election. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, kisses his wife Brigitte Trogneux as he arrives on stage to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions hall in Paris after early results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche ! (Onwards !) and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose during a lunch break as part of a campaign visit in Bagneres de Bigorre, in the Pyrenees mountain, France, April 12, 2017. Picture taken April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche!, or Onwards!, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose in countryside in Le Touquet, France, on the eve of France's first round of the Presidential election, April 22, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement 'En Marche!', or 'Onwards!', and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, kisses his wife Brigitte Trogneux as they attend a meeting for Women's Day in Paris, France, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux attend a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans, France, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Economy minister Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux arrive to attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux attend the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 23: Founder and Leader of the political movement 'En Marche !' and presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (R), with his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L), addresses activists after the announcement of the French presidential Election results on April 23, 2017 in Paris, France. According to projected results, founder and leader of the political movement 'En Marche !' Emmanuel Macron has received the most votes with National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen in second place, meaning both will now compete against each other in the next round of the French Presidential Elections on May 7. (Photo by Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images)
French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux react during a meeting at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, on April 23, 2017, after the first round of the Presidential election. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (R) kisses his wife Brigitte Trogneux prior to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, on April 23, 2017, after the first round of the Presidential election. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE, FRANCE - APRIL 23: French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron for the En Marche ! movement flanked by his wife Brigitte Trogneux speaks with supporters as he leaves the Touquet polling station after voting for the 1st round of French presidential election on April 23, 2017 in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 17: Brigitte Trogneux (C) attends a meeting of her husband Emmanuel Macron (not pictured), Founder and Leader of the political movement 'En Marche !' and candidate for the 2017 French Presidential Election at AccorHotels Arena (named before Paris Bercy) on April 17, 2017 in Paris, France. France will go to the polls on April 23 to decide their next President. (Photo by Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)
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