Chirac not seeking Third Term…
I don’t imagine he will be missed by many… Some of his supporters have already been hung.
From the L.A. Times
Setting the stage for a suspenseful presidential race, French President Jacques Chirac announced Sunday that he would not run for a third term after 12 years in office and 40 years in politics.
The announcement by Chirac, 74, was not a surprise. His popularity has sunk as the result of economic and political malaise, urban riots, corruption scandals and electoral setbacks. But the decision cast into sharp relief his longtime dominance of politics here as president, prime minister and mayor of Paris, and his roller-coaster relationship with voters.