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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Petition Calls for Obama to Run for President in France

Barack Obama 

The French are set to elect a new president in April and the events have generated much drama with a foreigner tipped to rule the people.

Those who are unhappy with the current candidates are making a last ditch attempt to recruit another contender, Barack Obama who is currently enjoying life outside the whitehouse.

The Obama17 petition is currently circulating with the aim of gathering 1 million signatures to convince the former U.S. president to run for office in France. About 500 posters of Obama's face have been plastered across Paris in recent days, urging people to visit the petition website.

The slogan reads: 'Oui on peut', which is French for 'Yes we can.' The website says the former commander-in-chief 'has the best resume in the world for the job'.

'We wish to strike a blow by electing a foreign president at the head of our beautiful country,' the website reads according to the Dailymail.

'Barack Obama has completed his second term as president of the United States... why not hire him as president for France?'

It should be pointed out that Obama would have to learn French and become a citizen before he could even be in the running to be France's president.

The creators of the petition, who wanted to remain anonymous, told NPR it was a joke but it was started out of frustration about politicians in France in general.

'We were thinking about French politics and saying that we were fed up with the fact that we all the time had to vote against someone and how it would be cool to be able to vote for someone we admire. We came up with Obama,' one creator said.

'It's definitely a joke. But it could make people think a little bit about what we could do differently in French politics... the idea was to make people wake up.'

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