>> He's known as the French JFK, and 39 year old Emmanuel Macron is pinning his hopes on becoming the next French President. A former economy minister under the Socialists, Macron split to build his party, En Marche, from scratch just 12 months ago. Reuters Sarah White, in Paris, explains how his upbringing has helped his meteoric rise.
>> Macro grew up in Amiens a town in Northern France. His parents were doctors, and he's the oldest of three children. But, actually, the defining relationship of his childhood, and one he talks about often. Is his relationship with his grandmother, Manette with whom he spent a lot of time after school talking about grammar, history, reading,
So Macron was a bit of a star student in school, in some ways an unusual child. His mother has said that he preferred to stay back at school debating with teachers. Rather than playing with other kids after school.>> It was during this time heavily involved in theater that he met his future wife.
A drama teacher 24 years his senior. The Independent candidate claims his party transcends France's long entrenched left-right political divide. Macron wants to bring in liberal reforms to kick start the economy. Welcome refugees and promote closer European integration. And the former investment banker has developed his own individual political style to win voters over.
>> So Macron peppers his speeches with philosophical references. He uses quite a few old-fashioned unusual expressions as well, which given that he's only 39. And completely new to politics in many ways. It's quite a surprise for many people who hear him. People who work with Macron say that he's a very pleasant person to work with.
He's a pretty demanding boss as well. But he's someone who's got a good human touch. He's good on the campaign trail. He looks people in the eye. People who've met him say he's very good at making you feel like you're very important, you're the only person in the room.
>> He's up against anti-EU, anti-immigration Marine La Pen. She's criticized her rival as being a smirking banker, an heir to widely unpopular outgoing President Hollande, and a member of the elite. The latest polls show the centrist will win about 60% of the vote after the anti-establishment wave that ushered in Trump and Brexit.
A win for Macron on Sunday would be a backlash against the backlash.>>