Paris, – French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that he will not stand for a second term in next year’s election .

In a television address, the president said he reached his decision taking into account the need to unify the country. He decried the splintering of the left in the face of challenges from conservative and far-right parties.

“I am aware of the risks posed by an action, of mine, that would not broadly mobilize support around it,” Hollande said, adding it was the fate of the country, and not one man, at stake. “I do not want France to be exposed to costly feats that would be dangerous to its unity.”

Source: Qatar News Agency

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