A Senegalese-born French politician has offered himself as a candidate for France's Socialist Party in a bid to become the country's first black President. Mr Yaya Lam, 46, a France-trained financial expert, officially announced his candidacy last week and remained optimistic that he could spring a big surprise that would set him firmly on the path to the 2012 presidential election. His slogan is "Oser la France", literally translated to mean "Dare France". The Socialist Party, on which former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan was expected to mount a strong challenge against President Nicolas Sarkozy, is considering Mr Lam's candidacy ahead of the October 9-16 primaries. So far, only six candidates-- four men and two women including current party boss Martine Aubry--have registered. All the other candidates are white with Aubry and Francois Hollande seen as the outright frontrunners. But in a public statement in Poitiers, France, Mr Lam said he was confident he would make his mark. "The world has changed," he said, apparently referring to US President Barack Obama. "When he (Obama) fielded his candidacy, he practically had no one behind him," said Mr Lam.