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Petition Urging Obama To Run For French Presidency Gets 42k Signatures

Former President Obama is so popular in France, some of the country’s citizens would like for him to become their leader.

Newsmax, citing the BBC as its source, reported that more than 42,000 French residents have added their names to an online petition urging Obama to run for president of the European nation. The campaign began as an expression of protest by a group of anonymous people who were not satisfied with the French candidates, especially a right-wing populist inspired by the rise of Donald Trump.

Posters featuring a photo of the ex-president’s smiling face, with the words “oui on peut” (yes we can) and “Obama17,” have begun appearing across France. Those responsible for the artwork posed in a video recorded by The New York Times, but they wore masks so no one could identify them.
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“We like to say it's a joke, but it has its roots in us being fed up,” one of the campaign organizers explained. “We’re worried that (the French election) will lead us to make choices that are too radical and that it'll promote candidates who are outside the system like in the United States. We don't want that to happen to us.”

Another woman involved in the effort, who lives in Paris, asked: “Do the current candidates carry enough weight? Well, no, not really, and those who I really like have very little chance of getting through. So maybe Obama would.”

The problem is that France’s constitution requires its president to be a native of the country. Obama was born on the other side of the world, in Hawaii. The former president also could not seek a third term in the White House, due to a constitutional amendment. Obama boasted last year that if he were allowed to run again, he would defeat Trump. He left office with high approval ratings. On the other hand, recent polls have indicated that Trump is the least popular president in history after just a few weeks in power.

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