More than 2,500 French expats gathered in central London on Tuesday evening to listen to Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate for the presidential election, with the race for the leadership tightening as the weeks progress.
Some expats told CNBC that this was their first political rally and they were looking for clarification on Macron's views. The centrist candidate had a clear pro-European tone on Tuesday, defended a "special relationship" between the U.K. and Europe following Brexit and, said he wants to reform the rigid French labor markets.
"He's a breath of fresh air," a 39-year-old female at the rally told CNBC.
Macron, who spoke for more than an hour and without notes, is a relatively new face in French domestic politics. The former investment banker had served as economy minister in the current socialist government, but quit to start his "En Marche" movement and try his chances at becoming the next president.