French Launch Campaign to Recruit Obama for President

Posted February 28, 2017

A group of French voters are calling for former USA president, Barack Obama, to run for the country's 2017 election.

The organizers, who have chosen to remain anonymous, plastered 500 posters around Paris and launched an online petition that aims to get 1 million voters before March 15 to support his candidacy.

The slogan reads: "Oui on peut", which is French for 'Yes we can'.

French voters go to the polls April 23 in the first round of voting for a new president. The campaign is in response to France's own presidential election scandals and growing far-right movement.

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It's not the first time French citizens have expressed longing for Obama's leadership - at least two petitions were started past year - but it's by far the most successful.

The petition says Obama has the "best resume in the world for the job", and cites the idea that it is still possible to vote for a president and not against a particular candidate.

The website then attempts to convince people to sign the petition by embellishing Obama's record as president of the United States, and insisting that he "has the best CV for the job".

An unnamed co-creator of the movement told NPR the campaign is definitely a joke, but hopes it could make people think about what could be done differently in French politics. "He's Barack Obama", one of the campaign organizers told CNN.

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"I think the whole world would love to have him as president", he says.

There's only one problem: Obama is not a French citizen and therefore can not actually run (not that we're saying he would be even remotely interested). We want people to wake up in the morning and, rather than have to see our usual candidates, rejoice in seeing Obama's face on... If no candidate wins at least 50 per cent of the vote, the top two candidates go forward to a second round on May 7.

Polls suggest that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front party, will top the field in the first round, but won't get the absolute majority a candidate needs to win outright.

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