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A group of diehard Obama fans wants him to run for president -- in France


Former President Barack Obama still has diehard fans. A group of them want him to run for president again, but not in 2020. They're looking at 2017.

Also, these fans are French, trying to entice Obama into their own presidential race, ABC News reports.

A campaign site has already been made for Obama, seeking 1 million signatures to persuade Obama to run. And before you ask, no, he cannot legally run. 

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The group's deadline for the petition is March 15. It's not clear how many names the petition has. 

Posters have been spotted in Paris streets.

And some observers were stunned.

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CORRECTING DATE OF ORIGINAL PHOTO TO SEPT. 18 - FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo, France's far-right National Front president Marine Le Pen, delivers a speech in Frejus, southern France. Le Pen said in an interview broadcast on the BBC on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, that Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. boosts her own chances during next year's French presidential election. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

Why is this a thing?

The mock campaign seems to be a response to the popularity of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Le Pen's "France first" views and harsh stance on Islam have many moderate detractors.

The pro-Obama group says voting for Obama over Le Pen would "give a lesson of democracy to the planet," despite the fact that Obama is legally incapable of being the next French president. 

France's election day will be held April 23. 


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