BBC: France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again
In a surprise move Francois Hollande has announced he will not seek a second term as president of France.
"I've decided not to be a candidate to renew my mandate," the Socialist leader said in a live televised address.
The 62-year-old, faced with very low popularity ratings, has become the first sitting president in modern French history not to seek re-election.
Conservative Republicans party candidate Francois Fillon is seen as a favourite in next year's election.
Recent opinion polls suggest far-right contender Marine Le Pen from the National Front could be Mr Fillon's closest challenger.
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