Already Forgotten in France, Hollande Will Be Missed in the Global Arena

French President Francois Hollande walks in the Cerny cemetery during a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Chemin des Dames battle, Cerny-en-Laonnois, France, April 16, 2017 (Sipa via AP Images).
French President Francois Hollande walks in the Cerny cemetery during a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Chemin des Dames battle, Cerny-en-Laonnois, France, April 16, 2017 (Sipa via AP Images).

Is Francois Hollande the most underrated statesman of his generation? The question might at first glance seem like a mean jibe. The French president is almost a forgotten man these days. His domestic approval ratings were so dire that he chose not to run for a second term. French voters will start the two-round process of selecting his successor next weekend. The outcome is disturbingly unclear, and the nationalist Marine Le Pen could be the ultimate victor. Even if France picks a more palatable president, Hollande’s exit marks a greater loss for global diplomacy than most analysts recognize. France has […]

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