The independent candidate recently travelled to the German capital to meet with Mrs Merkel
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.
And in an attempt to secure as much support as possible, he has been quietly buttering up potential allies, notably in Germany.
The favourite to win the presidency has been wooing Berlin and Brussels, portraying himself as a pro-European candidate.
Amid rampant Euroscepticism at home and the as-yet unknown implications of Britain leaving the EU, Mr Macron is seeking to portray himself as a president who will bring together the continent and cement the German-Franco friendship.
But he is also planning on overhauling certain aspects of the bloc – after France gets its now house in order through reforms Mr Macron is planning – such as an audit of public finances.
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.
And Mr Macron is capitalising on that, with Berlin seemingly eyeing him as their best option after conservative candidate François Fillon was embroiled in a payments scandal.
Mr Macron is seeking to portray himself as a president who will bring together the continent
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.
The move as viewed as the closest indicator of a formal endorsement that Berlin protocol allows.
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.
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Emmanuel is convinced that the French electorate is profoundly pro-European
Sylvie Goulard, an MEP who advises Macron on EU affairs, said: “Emmanuel is convinced that the French electorate is profoundly pro-European, despite what the populists would like us to believe.
“Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon want a confrontation with Germany, but they are not living in reality… Ours is the responsible choice.”
And an aide to Mr Macron said: “We did our best to reassure the Germans on this point by pointing out that the candidate has the support of dozens of elected officials and a popular movement of more than 200,000 supporters.
The favourite to win the presidency has been wooing Berlin and Brussels
“He will get a majority, and he will use it to carry out his plan to the letter. Remember that unlike the other candidates Emmanuel does not owe anyone favours.
“His hands are free.”
The 39-year-old is hoping his stance, in stark contrast to Front National leader Marine Le Pen who runs on an anti-EU anti-migration platform, will win him enough votes to take the top job.
But a run-off with the far-right leader looks inevitable following Sunday’s first round of voting.
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.
Despite the call being billed as not a official endorsement, it is likely to have an effect on the Frenchman’s campaign, particularly with undecided voters so close to the polls.
Berlin seemingly eye him as their best option
A spokesman for Mr Obama, Kevin Lewis, said “an endorsement was not the purpose of the call, as President Obama is not making any formal endorsement.”
But the chat is in stark contrast to Mr Macron’s rival, Ms Le Pen, who has already travelled to Trump towers to hold meetings, and has met with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Mr Macron sought the call with Mr Obama, possibly to underline the different approach he is taking in comparison to Ms Le Pen.
Mr Lewis added: “President Obama appreciated the opportunity to hear from Mr Macron about his campaign and the important upcoming presidential election in France, a country that President Obama remains deeply committed to as a close ally of the United States, and as a leader on behalf of liberal values in Europe and around the world.”
Sunday’s result will show whether the call translated into votes.
Source : EXPRESS