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French Presidential Race | Calls for Strikes in Congo

As if things couldn’t get worse for France’s President Hollande, his former opponent Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his intention to run against him; and the opposition coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo are calling for a national strike over continued delays to elections.

Today’s main stories: As the 2017 French Presidential election looms ever closer, Francois Hollande's embattled leadership continues to face setback after setback.  Former members of his own government have announced their intention to stand against him, and now his old adversary Nicolas Sarkozy plans a comeback. We look at the future of French politics and the decline of a once popular president, with the help of Professor Alistair Cole, from the Institute of Political Studies in Lyon.

The opposition coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for a national strike today in protest of the sitting president, Joseph Kaliba’s continual postponing of the presidential elections. We talk to William Clowes, a journalist based in Kinshasa.

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