French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron blasts German trade surplus, saying it is harmful to Eurozone economy

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Macron will go head-to-head with far-right rival Marine Le Pen later this month - the two are frontrunners for the presidential race (Source: Getty)

Independent French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has said Germany’s large trade surplus is harmful to the Eurozone economy.

“Germany benefits from the imbalances within the Eurozone and achieves very high trade surpluses,” Macron said in an interview published yesterday with Germany’s Funke Mediengruppe and France’s Ouest-France newspaper, Bloomberg reported.

“Those aren’t a good thing either for Germany or for the economy of the Eurozone. There should be a rebalancing.”

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Germany posted a 2016 trade surplus with the rest of the world of €253bn (£214bn). The figure broke the 2015 record of €244bn.

Centrist candidate Macron is set to top the voting in the first round of France’s presidential election, ahead of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, an Elabe poll for French magazine L’Express showed on Sunday.

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Macron won 24 per cent of potential voter support in the poll, up from 23.5 per cent since the survey was conducted a week before.

France will head to the polls for the first round of the election on 23 April.

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