Media: activists want to nominate Obama for President of France
Obama supporters hung over Paris posters with the inscription “Obama17” and call sign posted online a petition for his nomination.
A group of activists intends to seek the nomination of the former head of Barack Obama for President of France. Reported by ABC News.
Obama supporters hung over Paris posters with the inscription “Obama17” and call sign posted online a petition that would urge former President of the United States to participate in the elections. The goal of the activists is to collect a million signatures.
French Obama devotees launch ‘OBAMA17’ campaign – French want him to run for President of France https://t.co/ZdyiptQObI
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On the website it is emphasized that Obama could become a kind of antidote to the nation’s growing popularity of right-wing parties.
As noted by ABC News, there is an obstacle that will prevent Obama to take part in the presidential race: “the President of France must be French. And Obama is not a Frenchman.”
The representative of the activist groups told the newspaper that the idea to act for the nomination of Obama came into their head for two months before the end of the presidential term of the former American leader. “We dreamed about the possibility to vote for the person whom we truly admire, he said. — We thought perhaps it or not, French or not, we have to try, have to give the French hope.”
Election of the President of France will be held in two rounds on 23 April and 7 may. According to all the polls, the leaders of the race remain the head of the party “national front” marine Le Pen, the leader of the movement “On the March”, the former Minister of economy Emmanuel macron and the candidate from the party “the Republicans” Francois Fillon.