France wants Barack Obama as their next president; Thousands sign petition

The Obama17 petition aims to gather 1 million signatures to convince the former USA commander-in-chief to run in the country's presidential election this spring.

The call even comes with an online petition signed by more than 40,000 people.

They've launched a website and they put up 500 posters of Obama around Paris last weekend, said the organizer. "Barack Obama has completed his second term as president of the United States. why not hire him as president for France?".

The slogan reads: "Oui on peut", which is French for 'Yes we can'.

But to become the president of France, you have to be, well, French. The campaign is in response to France's own presidential election scandals and growing far-right movement.

The website states the former president of the USA has the best experience in the world for the job.

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Obama 17 is a "joke" campaign launched by four friends who decided, after having a drink or three, that they were dissatisfied with French politics. "And so, Obama arrived on the table", said an Obama 2017 campaigner, who asked to remain anonymous.

Le Pen's proposals include slashing legal immigration, deporting illegals, prioritising French citizens for jobs and housing, holding a referendum on leaving the EU (Frexit?), and increasing police size and powers. Over 27,000 people are reported to have already signed it.

One campaign organiser, who chose only to give the name "Antoine", told CNN: "It's totally insane, but the cool thing is that once you get past that, you start thinking that maybe it's possible".

What does it say about our 44th president if other countries want him as theirs?

Amid a presidential campaign that has been marred by scandal, conspiracy theories, and the spectre of a new far-right leader, disillusioned French voters have called for an outsider to join the race: Barack Obama. 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 reports Daily Mail.

  • Adam Floyd