Campaign for Obama to run in France gains momentum

Miranda GreerFeb 28, 2017

Opponents of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen have launched an "Obama17" campaign to draft the former U.S. President to run against her.

It should be noted that Obama would have to study french and become a civilian before he could even be in the race to be France's president.

A petition backed by a website and poster campaign launched last Monday, titled "Obama17", is calling for Barack Obama to run for president in France's upcoming election.

"Barack Obama has completed his second term as President of the United States", the site reads.

His French fans have even adopted his USA presidential campaign slogan - "Oui on peut", or "Yes we can".

The French presidential campaign has been marked by scandal, surprises and upsets as the April election approaches.

"(He) has the best resume in the world for the job". Last December, incumbent president François Hollande declined the opportunity to have another go at the top job.

They went on to explain that they took care while planning and setting up the petition to avoid using it to express personal partisan political views. "We came up with Obama". One of the site's founders told NBC that he thought up the idea for the campaign with four friends "after a drink". As of Thursday evening, about 27,000 people had signed.

The website also says that Obama could be an antidote to the popularity of right-wing parties in the country.

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

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 500 posters we put up on the streets of Paris, and get away from the repeated scandals we are hearing about", Barack said.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right, nationalist, anti-immigration Front National party is tipped to win the first round.

If no one wins, there will be a run-off vote between the two leading candidates on the 7th of May.

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