The only thing needed for Europe to leap towards further political integration is for French and German heads of state to support it.
The presidential candidate stoked anger on the right by calling French colonialism a 'crime against humanity'.
Just a month after moving into the Élysée Palace, the new president will face the country's parliamentary elections.
The top vote-getter in the first round of the election, France's former finance minister has been working to build a political narrative outside of the country's traditional political parties.
After a big weekend of campaign launches, most candidates are now in place for the 2017 presidential race.
Victory seems a distant prospect, but the latest polling suggests the ruling socialist party might not be quite out for the count.
There's a large field of hopefuls for the first round, but they all need to be able to take on Marine Le Pen.