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>> François Hollande's clearest hint yet, that he will run for a second term.>>
> The French President promising on Thursday, that he would not let France's image deteriorate over the coming months or the coming years. His speech on democracy and terrorism, widely interpreted as a campaign launch.
But Hollande is France's most unpopular president in recent times. A spate of Islamist attacks on French soil have left him struggling to regain credibility on the fight against terrorism. That's something his rivals on the right have sought to capitalize on. Reuters Richard Lock, reports from Paris.>> One of the big question is how electable is François Hollande.
And if you look at the opinion polls, they would say, not very. One came out yesterday, it showed that nine in ten respondents, thought that Francois Hollande shouldn't run in the next election. Even amongst left wing voters, a strong majority felt the same.>> Hollande's track record on the economy is the other concern for voters.
France's central bank predicted growth of just not 0.3% in the third quarter on Thursday, while unemployment remains stubbornly high. Hollande changed tack midterm towards more business friendly reforms, but it didn't do the trick.>> That caused deep divisions within his own socialist party and it disenfranchised voters on the left of that, of the party.
That said, the reform packages have been hard to push through. Parliament, they've often been largely watered down, and that in itself has disappointed the very voters. It was supposed to keep happening.>> Adding to his woes, Hollande faces an increasingly cluttered field, challenges lining up left, right, and center.