Petition calls on Obama to run for president in France
00:46, Feb 28, 2017
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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".
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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".
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.
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