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This week marks the last week of French president Francois Hollande’s five-year term. To celebrate the occasion, Hollande gave an interview to French magazine l´Obs. In the interview, Hollande stated that, if he would have run for president, he could have won the ticket. But he resisted the temptation of running because: “an extra term, would be five years without rest, without a private life and five years without freedom.” Hollande is the first French president who didn’t opt for a second term.

Hollande also mentioned that leading the French was a lonely event due to the acts of terrorism that hit his country: “I was surrounded by death (…) the death of innocent people, the death of police officers, and the death of soldiers.” In the interview, he did not mention to what extent his policies helped to prevent the terror attacks.

Hollande’s remarks are extraordinary, to say the least. According to a poll earlier this year, Hollande’s approval rating had dropped to 4%, making him the least popular French president since the Second World War. His party, the Parti Socialiste, was diminished during the first round of this French election and got a feeble 6% of the votes. Hollande now supports Macron. That same Macron left Hollande’s government because he disagreed with Hollande’s policies.

Thus, there you have it; a pro-European politician with hardly any votes, who thinks he is a favourable candidate for the presidency. Sound like a perfect match for our friends in Brussels.