France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again

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From BBC News:

“In a surprise move Francois Hollande has announced he will not seek a second term as president of France.

“I’ve decided not to be a candidate to renew my mandate,” the Socialist leader said in a live televised address.

The 62-year-old, faced with very low popularity ratings, has become the first sitting president in modern French history not to seek re-election.

Conservative Republicans party candidate Francois Fillon is seen as a favourite in next year’s election.

Recent opinion polls suggest far-right contender Marine Le Pen from the National Front could be Mr Fillon’s closest challenger.”

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