President François Hollande of France will not run for second term

Hollande, whose satisfaction rating has recently dropped to 4%, is the first French president not to seek a second term since World War II.
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French President François Hollande announced on Thursday he will not run for a second term in next year's elections. This decision, which came amid recent polls that showed his satisfaction rating dropping to 4%, is now opening the door for both left-wing socialists and right-wingers to battle for the country's leadership.

"Today I am aware of the risks 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," Hollande said in a televised statement.

Polls in France have indicated that the incumbent president will most likely lose the first round of the elections if he chose to run again. The two candidates most likely to win the presidency, according to polls, are the right's François Fillon and the far-right's Marine Le Pen.

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