>> Aiming for France's centrist vote, Emmanuel Macron confirming on Wednesday he'll stand for president. The popular former investment banker expected to nab support from mainstream candidates in an already tight race. He'll run as an independent, despite being Economy Minister in President Francois Hollande's socialist government until earlier this year.
Reuters Senior Correspondent, John Irish, is in Paris.>> He's economically quite liberal, which will appeal in particular to the young I think, with high unemployment in that field. So he's gonna eat into the left and the right, but at the moment I think there's general feeling that maximum he could get in the presidential election is about 20%, which could be enough to get him into the second round.
>> Far right candidate Marine Le Pen unveiling her election logo on Wednesday. Opinion polls predict she could fair well in the first round of next year's election. She's unlikely to get further than that but Donald Trump's shock win in the United States has lent an air of uncertainty and could boost populous and outsiders.
>> I don't see that momentum that Trump had. I'm not seeing it here yet, even though definitely people are looking for alternatives, which is perhaps why Macron is seen as an option as well. Because he's an alternative candidate, he's not in the system.>> The poll favorite remains Alain Juppe, the conservative former Prime Minister will fight it out for the center right nomination in the Republican party primary on Sunday.
But on Wednesday, he struggled to galvanize voters even in the town where he's been mayor for 20 years. Juppe was once a safe bet, but after Trump, it seems bets are off.