President Francois Hollande is the least popular French leader in modern times, but he suggested Thursday he will seek a second term next year. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy is already in the race.
He's seeking the nomination of the conservative party. And supporters of the National Front, the far right party in France, want leader Marine Le Pen to run.
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse.
Gabriel Gatehouse, international investigations correspondent for BBC Newsnight. He tweets @ggatehouse.
This segment aired on September 9, 2016. The audio for this segment is not available.