PARIS, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – Over 60 percent of French voters want President Francois Hollande to leave office before his term runs out in in 2017, according to a new poll conducted by Ifop for Le Figaro Magazine, the media outlet reported Thursday.
"According to Ifop, 62 percent of Frenchmen would like to see Francois Hollande leave the Elysee Palace [the official residence of the President of the French Republic] before the end of his mandate. This would be preferable to the dissolution of the National Assembly [the lower house of the Parliament] of France or the replacement of the country's prime-minister," Le Figaro said.
Earlier in September, Hollande announced that he will not step down before the end of his term.
"There is no poll … that can interrupt the mandate the people have given to the president of the Republic," Hollande said.
A week ago, French news outlets reported that Hollande's approval rating had dropped to 19 percent, according to a poll carried out by CSA company. Meanwhile, another survey conducted by TNS-Sofres showed that Hollande's approval rating had fallen as low as 13 percent.