The race for France’s next president is on, and the French people aren’t too happy with their choices so far.
In a very condensed summary: on the far, far right there’s Marine Le Pen who, besides having meetings with Donald Trump “for coffee” could be facing legal problems for a tweet she wrote. A little less far to the right (but still pretty far) François Fillon coping with a scandal for paying his wife with public money, even though she never showed up to work. The leftist candidates, Benoît Hamon and Jen-Luc Mélanchon are duking it out over left-leaning voters. And on the centrist side is Emmanuel Macron, who seems cool, but what is his platform even about?
So instead of choosing from this crop, French voters decided they wanted to set their sights a little higher when it comes to presidential candidates with a joke online petition for Obama for President of France, with his famous “Yes We Can” slogan translated to “Oui On Peut.”
It turned out to be more than just a joke when the petition got over 47,000 signatures. His (unofficial) campaign has an Obama 2017 website and “Obama 2017” gear for sale.