A photo taken on December 1, 2016 in Paris. France's Hollande said on December 1, 2016 he will not stand for re-election. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN
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said on Thursday he would not seek a second term in office inIt is the first time in decades that an incumbent Frenchpresident has not sought re-election. decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election," asombre-looking Hollande said in a televised address.All recent polls have predicted that neither Hollande norany other Socialist candidate would make it past the first roundThere has been tension between Hollande and his primeHollande beat conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in anHollande's image was also hit by a series of communicationmis-steps, including a very public split with his ex-partnerinterviews with them, Hollande criticised several of his allies
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