French Election 2017: ‘Obama for President’, 46,000 Supporters and Counting


A petition that aims to urge Former President Barack Obama to run for the French Presidency has attracted over 46,000 signatures as of Tuesday. Campaign posters reading “Oui, on peut” – a translation of the former US president’s popular 2008 campaign slogan, “Yes, we can” – have appeared around Paris.

According to obama2017.fr organizers of the petition, they are aiming to collect one million signatures, in an effort to convince Former President Obama to run for the country’s presidency.They are offering “a radical idea” for France, and claims that Former President Obama has the best resume in the world for the job.
A French petition pleading for Obama to run for the French presidency, because “he has the best CV in the world for the job,” has amassed over 46,000 signatures, which is not restricted to French citizens. The campaign, named Obama 2017, has blanketed Paris with red-white-and-blue posters showing Obama’s portrait . The campaigners, who have so far remained anonymous, hope to amass one million signatures by March 15 (it’s unclear why they are aiming for one million).

“To launch this 6th Republic, we wish to strike a blow by electing a foreign President at the leader of our beautiful country.

“Barack Obama has completed his second term as President of the United States on 21 January, why not hire him as the President for France?”

Spearheading the operation is a group of disenfranchised voters in Paris unhappy with the current slate which includes far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Obama can’t actually run to be France’s next president—candidates must be French—the organizers picked him for the campaign because “at a time when France is about to vote massively for the extreme right, we can still give a lesson of democracy to the planet by electing a French President, a foreigner,” the petition notes. For Obama to get on the ballot he needs not just citizenship, but signatures from 500 mayors by March 17 .There are more than 35,000 mayors across France.

A dominant figure in the campaign has been far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has benefited from claims of financial wrongdoing which have swirled around the campaign of her centre- right rival Francois Fillon since late January, culminating last week in the announcement that a magistrate was launching a formal inquiry into the claims.
Current opinion polls give her a lead of several percentage points over Mr Fillon and centrist Emmanuel Macron – though both of her rivals are predicted to beat her in a two-way runoff.