A petition being circulated is calling for former President of the United States to for office once again.
A website dedicated to the cause states that "Barack Obama has the best resume in the world for the job", and urges radical thinking from the electorate: "To launch this 6th Republic, we wish to strike a blow by electing a foreign President at the head of our lovely country".
The guerrilla campaign was launched with a website and online petition, which aims to collect 1 million signatures by 15 March, following which the organisers will try to convince Obama to apply for the job.
"Obama17" posters have been spotted around Paris, promoting a website with a petition to get Obama to agree to jump into the race.
"The French are ready to make a radical choice", says the Obama17 website.
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"It's definitely a joke", says the co-creator of the site. "That is good because we have a radical idea to propose to them".
"We wish to strike a blow by electing a foreign president at the head of our attractive country", the website reads. "He's Barack Obama", one of the campaign organizers told CNN.
The Obama17 petition aims to gather 1 million signatures to convince the former US commander-in-chief to run in the country's presidential election this spring.
While Obama has no real chance of winning the May election - among other obstacles, he is not a French citizen and does not speak French - he is very popular in France. "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". Some people there are not happy with the national contenders contesting for the country's presidency, so they are hoping that the former USA president will step in and run for office.
In 2012, Bill Clinton suggested that he might be able to run for election in two foreign countries: Ireland, because of his Irish family heritage, and France, because he was born in Arkansas, which is part of the Louisiana Purchase, which meant he could immediately apply for naturalization.