French leftwing field wide open after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande has some of the lowest approval ratings for a French president since World War IIFrench President Francois Hollande’s dramatic announcement that he will not seek a second term opens the way for his prime minister Manuel Valls to make a bid for power in next year’s increasingly open election. Hollande’s decision to bow to historically low approval ratings and step down next year opens up the leftwing field in an election that is proving more and more unpredictable. Valls, who had been a loyal prime minister to Hollande until recently but hinted at the weekend he might run against his boss in planned leftwing primaries, is now expected to throw his hat in the ring.

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