December 2016 Current Events: World News Slideshow
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.
1. French President Hollande Won't Seek Reelection 2. Sexual Abuse Scandal Strikes English Soccer 3. Italian Prime Minister Renzi Resigns 4. South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park 5. Kurdish Militants Kill Dozens in Istanbul 6. ISIS Recaptures Palmyra 7. Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo 8. Boeing Lands First Post-Sanctions Deal with Iran 9. Canadian Actor Alan Thicke Dies 10. Aleppo Back in Government Hands 11. Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey 12. ISIS Strikes Christmas Market in Berlin 13. IMF Head Christine Lagarde Found Guilty
- French President François Hollande Will Not Seek Reelection
- On Dec. 1, 2016, current French president François Hollande announces that he will not seek reelection. Due to terrorist attacks and a sinking economy, Hollande has been one of the most unpopular presidents in France. The announcement surprises many because it is the first time in more than 60 years that a sitting president will not run for a second term in office. This announcement opens up the field; current prime minister Manuel Valls states that he will compete in the Socialist primary, along with a former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg.
- Photo source: Lionel Bonaventure/Pool Photo via AP