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*Now, you know you’re a bad Mofo when ANOTHER country wants you to be THEIR president!

French voters are in the midst of a presidential campaign that has been marred by scandal, conspiracy theories, and the possibility of a new far-right leader. (sound kinda familiar?). Well, disillusioned voters in France have called for an outsider to join the race. And yes, you guessed it: Barack Obama.

The petition launched on Monday calls on the former US president to run in this year’s French elections, which will be held in April and May.

Called Obama17, the petition aims to garner 1 million signatures by March 2015, and as of Friday morning, it had already gained 30,000, according to one of the people behind the effort. But even the people who launched the website acknowledge that the chances of Obama actually ascending to the Elysée Palace are virtually zero. French law requires presidential candidates to be French, which Obama is not.

Well, obviously it’s not gonna happen, but it does make you wonder how the idea came about in the first place. Here’s what The Verge is reporting:

But the impossibility of the campaign is also what inspired it. In a phone interview Thursday night, one of the people behind the petition, who asked only to be identified as “Antoine,” said he and three other friends decided to create the site out of frustration with France’s leading candidates and the campaigns they’ve run so far.

“We just wanted to say that we’ve had enough of all of these guys.” “In a campaign where we only talk about the scandals of [center-right candidate François] Fillon or the rise of [far-right candidate Marine] Le Pen, at a certain moment we told ourselves well, why not?” Antoine said. “We just wanted to say that we’ve had enough of all of these guys.”

Antoine, by the way is in his 30s, and goes on to say that he and his friends are not activists, and he doesn’t align himself with a particular political party. But Antoine, like a lot of others, is  tired of voting for the “lesser of two evils” in every presidential race, rather than a candidate who inspires genuine enthusiasm.

“The only guy who’s ever made me feel that way is Obama,” he says. This week, he and his friends plastered some 500 Obama posters across Paris, each carrying the slogan: “Oui on peut” (“Yes we can”).

Trust us Antoine, we feel your pain. You read the rest of this very interesting article by The Verge at MSN News.