He conceded that he was unable to unite his deeply divided Socialist Party behind his candidacy ahead of the presidential election in April and May next year.Socialists wept. The rest of France, not so much...
"In the months to come, my only duty will be to continue to lead my country," he said.
Hollande's approval ratings have hit rock bottom after a term in office marked by U-turns on major policies, terror attacks, high unemployment and embarrassing revelations about his private life.
He is the most unpopular president in French polling history, a fact he tacitly acknowledged in his speech on Thursday.
"I am aware today of the risk that going down a route that would not gather sufficient support would entail, so I have decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election," he said.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Au Revoir, Monsiuer
Hollande calls it quits:
It's because she's a woman, she said:
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