French President François Hollande says he will not seek re-election

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek a second term in next year’s presidential election, a surprise move that clears the way for an alternative left-wing candidate. (France24)

“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,” Hollande said. (Le Figaro)

French socialist primary elections getting closer. (Le Monde)