French fans to Obama: Run for president here

French fans to Obama: Run for president here
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A group of voters in France is urging former President Obama to run in the French presidential election this spring.

“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 French website for “OBAMA17” reads, ABC News first reported on Thursday.

"[It’s] because he has the best resume in the world,” the site, which is not connected with Obama, continues.


ABC said OBAMA17 posters have been spotted across Paris, and the group’s website has a petition begging Obama to enter the race.

The group is jockeying for 1 million signatures, even though Obama is not French and France requires its presidential candidates to be natives.

“We started dreaming about this idea two months before the end of Obama’s presidency,” an OBAMA17 spokesman told ABC. "We dreamed about this possibility to vote for someone we really admire, someone who could lead us to project ourselves in a bright future."

“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 … Vive la Republique, Vive Obama, Vive la France and the U.S.A.”