French President Francois Hollande addressed the entire nation of France in a live speech from the Elysee Palace to declare that he would not run for a second term as a French President. Socialist party backers have a weak starting group as the French election comes close.
French President Francois Hollande’s decision comes from his historically low popularity among French voters. According to a recent poll, Hollande’s popularity has dropped to 4 per cent.
The President said it would be in “the superior interest of this country” that he not be elected as a President. He said that he is aware of the “risks going down a route that would not gather sufficient support.” Historically, Mr Hollande is the most unpopular president in France — and the first not to run for a second term — after the Second World War.
Mr Hollande’s popularity declined as the public saw him to be unprepared regarding his policy decisions and incapable of handling the government’s internal division regarding France’s economic management. His perceived lack of authority and consistency was evident when he switched to a pro-business stance — a major shift from his anti-business outlook during his campaign — which alienated his party members and his most loyal supporters.