“Oui on peut!”… I’m a little amused by a campaign in France, urging former U.S President Barack Obama to join the French presidential race. An online petition has already attracted more than 45,000 signatures in 10 days. The organizers behind the effort hope to reach a million supporters by March 15th. So far, the buildup to the April-May presidential election has been marred by a corruption investigation targeting conservative Francois Fillon. Marine Le Pen, the other right wing candidate is also under investigation over a Twitter case. Organizers say they want to inject a dose of humor in the campaign.
Though he’s still widely popular in France, Barack Obama has no chance of winning or even running. He’s not French and has no right to take part in the race. Observers see the petition as a positive sign for France. One American ex-pat, living in Paris says…“People want change but they want the right kind of change. Change that is inclusive, change that is human but change that is also open to the world and that is a very delicate balance to strike.”