Petition calls on Obama to run for president in France

A tongue-in-cheek campaign website urging French citizens to sign a petition asking Barack Obama to run as President of France.

French law requires presidential candidates to be French, which Obama is not. "Vive la République, Vive Obama, Vive la France and the U.S.A".

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

The party candidates are all relative outsiders, with Fillon a surprise win beating former president Nicolas Sarkozy for his party's nomination, and current president Francois Hollande stepping aside in the socialist race only to see his chosen successor Manuel Valls lose to Hamon.

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A group unhappy with the options for president of France is recruiting a familiar face - Barack Obama.

Why Obama? "Because he has the best resume in the world for the job", reads the website, which is in no way connected to Obama.

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.

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".

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The website also says that Obama could be an antidote to the popularity of right-wing parties in the country. We came up with Obama.it's a joke.

A campaign organiser for Obama 2017 told CNN that the group had plastered around 500 photos of Obama around Paris. Then, we thought, whether it's possible or not, whether or not he is French, we have to do this for real, to give French people hope.

The first round of voting is set for April 23, and if no candidate receives more than 50 percent the top two candidates will face a runoff in May.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the populist anti-mass immigration Front National is favourite to win the first round, although she is unlikely to win outright.

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