France presidency: Hollande's move a 'relief' for Socialists

France presidency: Hollande's move a 'relief' for Socialists

Francois Hollande's decision not to stand again for the presidency comes as a huge relief to the French Socialist Party, and probably to himself as well.
He - no doubt - mulled it hard and long. It is, after all, something of a humiliation to be the first president under the Fifth Republic to decide he's not good enough to run for a second term.
And yet how much more of a humiliation would it have been to stand in the presidentials and be wiped out by Marine Le Pen in round one?
Or worse, to be eliminated in the Socialists' own primary in January?
Because the truth is Francois Hollande had... read more

2 December 2016 in World News, Views: 42
Source: BBC

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