December 2016 Current Events: World News Slideshow

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.


French President François Hollande Will Not Seek Reelection
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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.
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