13:43 GMT +330 March 2017
    French president Francois Hollande is pictured during a meeting with the French Foreign Affairs Minister and figures from the cultural world and members of associations committted to peace in Syria, on October 14, 2016 at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris

    France's President Hollande Won't Seek Re-Election

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    On Thursday night, President François Hollande addressed the nation asserting that he would not seek re-election.

    In a stunning move, the deeply unpopular president will become the first French president since the second world war not to seek a second term in office.  

    His current approval rating have hovered between single digits and the mid teens.

    "I decided not to be a presidential candidate, not to seek resuming my mandate," Hollande said, addressing the French people in the Elysee Palace.

    He said that he made a lot of efforts to keep his pre-election promises but conceeded that there were some mistakes in how such were implemented.

    Hollande has presided over a time when France has endured multiple terrorist attacks, including the November 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people. In July, a cargo truck drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, resulting in the deaths of 86 people. 

    In light of his low approval ratings, Hollande cited that politically his candidacy might have posed "risks" to the French left. 

    The French presidential election is scheduled for April and May 2017.

    Prime Minister Manuel Valls and former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg are expected to compete to be at the top of the Socialist ticket.


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    • Californian
      Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
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      Poor Post man Pat; he can't take it any more !
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      they should dock his pension for poor performance
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      Anyone else going to miss this 'french-fried mush'?
    • Adrienne Adonis
      He is not going for re-election because he knew he was going to be defeated real bad. His socialist liberal views have ruined his country now the people of France need to take back their country before it becomes a 3rd world nation he allowed migrants to come in France and take over , create many crimes and abuse the French welfare system. Now the people have to figure out how to unravel the mess he created. The people of France are saying....... We wholeheartedly refuse the liberal agenda. As a matter of fact the French people hate the liberal agenda and the polls show it.
    • Zoanthropy
      Cameron Out
      Obama Out
      Hollande Out
      Loving this Global regime shift.
      Your next MERKEL 😊
    • Mikhas
      No surprise there. A life in shame, Charles de Gaulle will most likely slap him hard on his way out.
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      And congratulations to the French who put enough pressure on him to get him out.
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      Tim - USA
      Merkel should do the same thing and withdraw her candidacy for the same reason. Merkel is not a conservative but one in the same group as Hollande. You can't tell the difference between the two just like in the US until Trump came around.
    • FlorianGeyer
      That's the 1st sensible statement he has made during his presidency.
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      He can join Obama,Sarkozy, Cameron,Clinton..Waiting in the list-Merkel, Also Ranil(Prime minister of Sri lanka) .Soros will give them jobs!!!
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      One of the henchmen of a failed social and geopolitical plot that Hitler and Churchill would have been astounded at.
      He has finally realised that normal folk despise him for being a pathetic ankle tapper and worse a poor excuse for a human being a disgrace his parents surely would weep each day over his birth. (I didn't hold back hehe)
    • turex
      President François Hollande is a man with heart, no good to own heart in West these days..
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      TravelAboutin reply toZoanthropy(Show commentHide comment)
      You can add "Clinton NOT in".
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      maxxusin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, absolutely. de Gaulle would be so ashamed of him.
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      Watch the number of "terror attacks" plummet without this Israel firster Gladio agent in power.
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