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Meet Emmanuel Macron, From Unknown Advisor to French Election Favourite

Macron has built a party machine from scratch and is a favourite to win France’s presidential election this spring.

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, visits the INRIA in Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, mnear Grenoble, France, April 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Robert Pratta

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, visits the INRIA in Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, mnear Grenoble, France, April 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Robert Pratta

France goes to the polls on Sunday, April 23, in the first phase of what has been one of the most unpredictable and tight presidential campaigns in their history. Although competition has been tough, with controversies and controversial candidates in the fray, in the final lap of the race centrist Emmanuel Macron is being seen as a favourite to become Francois Hollande’s successor.

In light of the Sunday polls, The Wire brings to you a timeline of Macron’s climb to the just-short-of-the-top.

Timeline text: Reuters

Timeline: Shreyashi Roy