FRENCH VOTE BOOSTS EURO $0.02
The euro leapt two full cents against the US dollar in early trading on 24 April as investors predicted that their preferred French presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, was likely to beat far right-wing adversary Marine Le Pen in the country’s upcoming second-round vote. This pushed the euro above $1.09 for the first time in five months, ft.com reported. Macron, who supports the open-market system and has lobbied for France to remain a member of the EU, took the bulk of the 23 April first-round vote. Following the voting results, the euro also made gains against other major currencies, including the Japanese yen and the British pound.