Gold prices treaded water on Friday as investors awaited the outcome of weekend French elections and possible announcements about tax cuts in the United States.
Spot gold was up 0.33 percent to $1,285.58 per ounce, on track for its first weekly drop in six.
U.S. gold futures for June delivery added $5.30 to settle at $1,289.10.
"The big news over the weekend will be the French election and the market will be to an extent on hold ahead of that," said Mitsubishi commodities analyst Jonathan Butler.
There was the potential for safe-haven buying of gold after France said its security forces were fully mobilised for a presidential election at the weekend after the killing of a policeman by an Islamist militant.