Aussi, j'ai décidé de ne pas être candidat au renouvellement de mon mandat
— François Hollande (@fhollande) December 1, 2016
Hollande took office in 2012.
“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. ()