Oddly Enough

Campaign posters for old elections bemuse Parisians

A man fixes a vintage French presidential campaign poster showing then candidate Francois Mitterrand with a slogan which reads, 'With all France's Forces', on a glass recycling container in Paris, April 19, 2007. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

PARIS (Reuters) - Many Parisians, already unsure who to vote for in Sunday’s presidential election, aren’t being helped by the mysterious appearance of posters from past campaigns.

Three days before the first round of the French vote the capital’s streets are showing posters for elections long since won and lost, including some from the 1980s featuring former president Francois Mitterrand, who died in 1996.

Arthur Deleu, a 38-year old who designs film sets, is half of the duo which has found old posters at collector shops, reproduced them, and is now responsible for making people take a second look at campaign poster boards around Paris.

“It started off as a bit of a joke and something absurd but like everything absurd there is also something a bit deeper in it,” he told Reuters shortly before his next outing.

“We are apolitical and not for any particular party so the same number are going up for each side, but we are not putting up (far-right leader Jean-Marie) Le Pen because it is just too easy to make fun of him.”

Deleu said he and a friend started putting up posters on Monday, with the help of a dozen others, but is expecting some 30 to turn up later on Thursday evening as interest has grown.