Gold slips as Macron wins the first round of the French election
24 Apr 2017 By Samuel Gee
The gold price fell sharply overnight after Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential election, with the National Front’s Marine Le Pen coming second. Gold plunged 2.16% (£-22/oz t) in less than three hours, taking the precious metal's weekly loss to 3.48% (£35.66/oz t).
With Le Pen arguably needing a comfortable first round win in order to maximise her chances of becoming president, the result now makes Macron favourite to win the second round in May.
The nationalist, anti-EU politics of the National Front had made traders nervous about the prospect of a Le Pen victory, leading to increased safe haven demand for gold as investors looked to hedge against a potential drop in the value of the euro.
However, the victory for Macron, whose centrist policies favour the EU and focus on economic growth through investment, has seen the euro and the French stock market both surge this morning.