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France President Francois Hollande says will not stand for re-election

A new poll on Wednesday predicted he would win just 7% of votes in the first round of next year's election in April

AFP/PTI  |  Paris 

French President Francois Hollande announced today he would not seek re-election next year as he bowed to historically low approval ratings after a troubled five years in power. The 62-year-old Socialist leader put a decisive end to speculation in a solemn televised statement from the Elysee Palace in Paris. "I have decided that I will not be a candidate," Hollande said. "In the months to come, my only duty will be to continue to lead my country." Hollande's popularity had hit rock bottom after a term in office marked by U-turns on major ...

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First Published: Fri, December 02 2016. 01:22 IST
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