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French President Hollande won't seek re-election in 2017

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By Euronews
French President Hollande won't seek re-election in 2017

<p>François Hollande, France’s most unpopular president in polling history, said on Thursday that he would not be seeking a second term in 2017.</p> <p>In an address on French television, the Socialist president defended his record since taking office in 2012 before announcing that he would not be seeking re-election.</p> <p>He acknowledged that he would not be able to unite the deeply-divided left in France.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">France's Hollande says he will not seek a second presidential term. More on what this means: <a href="https://t.co/FA7t5NM4AG">https://t.co/FA7t5NM4AG</a> <a href="https://t.co/nhSPKqoZDu">pic.twitter.com/nhSPKqoZDu</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/804409189309304833">1 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>There has been tension between Hollande and his prime minister Manuel Valls, who is widely expected to throw his hat into the ring.</p> <p>Ex-members of Hollande’s government including pro-business former economy minister Emmanuel Macron have already said they will be running.</p> <p>It is the first time in decades that an incumbent French president has not sought re-election.</p> <p>The surprise move throws the selection of a Socialist candidate wide open, with US-style primaries due to be held in January.</p>