Francois Hollande declares he will not stand for a second term as president of France, according to BBC.

Hollande, the least popular French president since the second world war, has announced he will not run for a second term in office, The Guardian wrote.

With a satisfaction rating so low it recently dropped to just 4%, the Socialist president appeared emotional as he said in a live televised address from the Elysee palace that he would not attempt to run for a second term, conscious of the "risks" to the French left.

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