France wants Obama for president

Feb 28, 2017, 00:44

The Obama17 petition is now circulating with the aim of gathering 1 million signatures to convince the former US president to run for office in France.

Although he admits the campaign started as a joke, he said supporters have been getting in touch with serious suggestions as to how they could get around basic problems, such as the fact President Obama is not French. A website has also been launched urging people to sign a petition to persuade Obama to run for the elections scheduled to take place on April 23.

Now a petition is calling for an even bigger plot twist: the return of President Barack Obama.

Around 500 "Obama 17" posters have also been spotted across Paris featuring the Nobel Laureate's photograph and his U.S. campaign slogan "Yes we can" in French ("Oui on peut").

"After a phantom five-year-term and faced with the announced failure of the next presidential election, we think it is time to move to the sixth Republic to get France out of its lethargy.

[He] has the best resume in the world for the job". And, over 27,000 people have already signed it.

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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.

"It arose from a conversation with friends", one of the petitioners, who identified as "Barack", told the Independent.

So, why the former US President for the top job in France? "We came up with Obama".

What does it say about our 44th president if other countries want him as theirs?

We should note that in order to run for president in France, Obama would have to be naturalized as a French citizen. 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...

The campaign so far has been tainted with scandal and right-wing rhetoric, with the far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen and the conservative Les Republicains candidate Francois Fillon both involved in various hiring scandals, and socialist candidate Benoit Hamon and leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon trailing in the polls. If no one gets more than 50% of the vote, the top two finishers go to a runoff on May 7.

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