Group petitions Barack Obama to run for president of France

Organizers in France are urging former U.S. President Barack Obama to run for president of their country.

The group, dubbed Obama17, put up 500 posters of Obama for French president around Paris and launched a website, hoping to garner 1 million signatures on their petition by March 15.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama sits on a boat during a kite surfing outing with British businessman Richard Branson during his holiday on Branson's Moskito island, in the British Virgin Islands, in a picture handed out by Virgin on February 7, 2017. Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama tries his hand at kite surfing during a holiday with British businessman Richard Branson on his island Moskito, in the British Virgin Islands, in a picture handed out by Virgin on February 7, 2017. Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
British businessman Richard Branson kite surfs during an outing with former U.S. President Barack Obama during his holiday on Branson's Moskito island, in the British Virgin Islands, in a picture handed out by Virgin on February 7, 2017. Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Former U.S. President Barack Obama tries his hand at kite surfing during a holiday with British businessman Richard Branson on his island Moskito, in the British Virgin Islands, in a picture handed out by Virgin on February 7, 2017. Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
UNSPCIFIED, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - FEBRUARY 1: In this undated image Richard Branson takes a break from kitesurfing while vacationing with Former President Barack Obama at Branson's Necker Island retreat on February 1, 2017 in the British Virgin Islands. Former President Obama and his wife Michelle have been on an extended vacation since leaving office on January 20. (Photo by Jack Brockway/Getty Images)
UNSPCIFIED, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 29:Former President Barack Obama kitesurfs at Richard Branson's Necker Island retreat on January 29, 2017 in the British Virgin Islands. Former President Obama and his wife Michelle have been on an extended vacation since leaving office on January 20. (Photo by Jack Brockway/Getty Images)
UNSPCIFIED, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - FEBRUARY 1: In this undated image Richard Branson kitesurfs while vacationing with Former President Barack Obama at Branson's Necker Island retreat on February 1, 2017 in the British Virgin Islands. Former President Obama and his wife Michelle have been on an extended vacation since leaving office on January 20. (Photo by Jack Brockway/Getty Images)
UNSPCIFIED, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 29:Former President Barack Obama kitesurfs at Richard Branson's Necker Island retreat on January 29, 2017 in the British Virgin Islands. Former President Obama and his wife Michelle have been on an extended vacation since leaving office on January 20. (Photo by Jack Brockway/Getty Images)
UNSPCIFIED, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - FEBRUARY 1: In this undated image former President Barack Obama kitesurfs at Richard Branson's Necker Island retreat on February 1, 2017 in the British Virgin Islands. Former President Obama and his wife Michelle have been on an extended vacation since leaving office on January 20. (Photo by Jack Brockway/Getty Images)
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"It's totally crazy, but the cool thing is that once you get past that, you start thinking that maybe it's possible," one of the campaign organizers told CNN. "Who cares that he's not French? He's Barack Obama."

While the campaign admittedly started as a "joke," organizers are hoping it will get French voters thinking about different political options. "We want to show that people are fed up with the politicians here," one organizer, who goes by Antoine, told CNN.

Even if Obama considered a presidential run in the European country, he would not qualify because he is not a French citizen.

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