December 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
François Hollande announces he won’t seek re-election

François Hollande, gay news, Washington Blade

French President François Hollande on Dec. 1, 2016, announced that he will not seek re-election. (Photo by: Presidential Press and Information Office; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

French President François Hollande announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2017.

Hollande took office in 2012.

He signed a bill in 2013 that extended marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples in France. Hollande on Thursday made a broad reference to the issues in a Tweet.

“I have advanced liberties, equality among couples has been reinforced,” he wrote.

Hollande announced his decision not to seek re-election amid record unpopularity and lingering concerns over terrorism.

The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for a series of terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 that left more than 100 people dead.

Authorities said ISIS inspired the man who killed 86 people in the city of Nice on July 14 when he drove a cargo truck into a crowd who had gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks. One of the gunmen who killed 12 people inside the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed, in January 2015 pledged his allegiance to ISIS. ()

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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