A web based petition urging Barack Obama to face within the French election has attracted greater than 42,000 supporters.
Marketing campaign posters studying “Oui, on peut” – a translation of the previous US president’s widespread 2008 marketing campaign slogan, “Sure, we will” – have appeared round Paris.
Mr Obama just isn’t a French citizen and is thus ineligible to run.
However these behind the prank say the purpose is to spotlight the shortage of inspirational candidates.
Their message to the candidates, one of many organisers instructed the BBC, is: “Hey guys, you actually do not make us dream.”
French voters go to the polls on 23 April, and, except one polls greater than 50% within the first spherical, they’ll return on 7 Might to determine between the 2 frontrunners.
A dominant determine within the marketing campaign has been far-right chief Marine Le Pen, who has benefited from claims of monetary wrongdoing which have swirled across the marketing campaign of her centre-right rival Francois Fillon since late January, culminating final week within the announcement magistrate was launching a formal inquiry into the claims.
Present opinion polls give her a lead of a number of share factors over Mr Fillon and centrist Emmanuel Macron – although each of her rivals are predicted to beat her in a two-way runoff.
Ms Le Pen could also be backed by a larger variety of French voters than ever, however her enduring toxicity for most of the relaxation means the marketing campaign has been dominated by a destructive message, say commentators: How can we maintain her out?
It’s this, partially, that the organisers of the Obama2017 marketing campaign – Parisians of their 30s – are reacting to.
“It is nonetheless attainable to vote for a president and never towards a candidate,” their web site causes.
“We predict we will do one thing else than the acute,” stated one of many organisers, who refuse to disclose their names, saying they need the main target to stay on the marketing campaign and never on them as people.
“We’re anti-political, we’re not towards any candidate particularly, however we’re not a giant fan of any of them. [This campaign is] a option to say ‘Guys, eh get up – you’re uncool, and this marketing campaign is uncool – we would reasonably have Obama’.”
The viral take-off of the marketing campaign caught them abruptly – however the French media, stated the organiser, has didn’t get the joke.
“They’re very aggravated, individuals take all of it too severely,” he stated, including that even the left-leaning newspaper Liberation ended a brief piece on the marketing campaign on a sniffy note: “If that is what amuses them…”
“We would like this to remain on the joke degree,” he says.