to collect 1 million signatures by March 15 in order to persuade Obama to
stand in the May election.
explains. "Because at a time when France is about to vote massively for
the extreme right, we can still give a lesson of democracy to the planet
by electing a French President, a foreigner."
around Paris and the petition has received about 27,000 signatures so far.
One of the site's founders told NBC that he thought up the idea for the
campaign with four friends "after a drink."
winnowed down to a head-to-head race by the country's two-round
voting system. Unless one candidate wins a (highly unlikely) majority
in the first round, the two candidates who receive the most votes in
round one (April 23) will face off in a second round (May 7).