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Former president Barack Obama cannot run again for president in the US, but that isn't stopping a group of French fans who are trying to get him to run in their upcoming election.

Barack Obama, the former US President, who is now enjoying his retirement life, has got a request to run for the Presidency again. They call themselves Obama17 and have put up over 500 posters to advertise their website. The slogan, of course: "Oui on peut", French for "Yes we can".

A group unhappy with the options for president of France is recruiting a familiar face - Barack Obama.

The website then attempts to convince people to sign the petition by embellishing Obama's record as president of the United States, and insisting that he "has the best CV for the job".

The Obama17 website calls for a 6th Republic, meaning constitutional reform, but points out that the former USA president "has the best resume in the world ... so why not hire him as the president of France?" Who cares that he's not French?

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The petiton also says that the French people are preparing to vote for extreme right-wing candidates, making Obama a flawless counter to that movement. "We started talking about that and it came up that Obama is free - so why not hire him?"

France is set to hold its presidential elections in April and despite being so close to the finish line, a new contender is being considered - Barack Obama.

"We just wanted to say that we've had enough of all of these guys", one of the organisers who goes by the name Antoine, told The Verge. But it could make people think a little bit about what we could do differently in French politics. the idea was to make people wake up reports Daily Mail.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right, nationalist, anti-immigration Front National party is tipped to win the first round. If no candidate wins at least 50 per cent of the vote, the top two candidates go forward to a second round on May 7.