French Presidential Candidate Powers Up With Konami Code

We like when politicians get cute and use video games to promote themselves, so it's a requirement that we write about French presidential candidate François Bayrou using the "Konami code" on his website. If you visit the site at and enter the familiar cheat code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A), the site will greet you with 8-bit visuals of the candidate, some retro game-like music, and some French text about something. Since I don't know any French we'll leave it to our readers to figure it out. The closing line is probably the most interesting part: "insert vote to continue."

If you like what you see, you can snag the JavaScript at Bayrou's site as well. You'll need Flash enabled to use the code and reveal the magic.

Bayrou is the president of France's Democratic Movement, and a candidate in the upcoming French presidential elections. His prospects aren't very good according to this very recent Reuters story (polling shows him in fifth place), but his endorsement of one of the other run-off candidates could decide who will ultimately win the presidency currently occupied by President Nicolas Sarkozy. He is also a former education minister and a biographer of Henry IV.

Source and image: Polygon

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