I don't give any gifts to the rich.
Franchement, quand je survole certains pays européens (les éoliennes) ne donne pas envie. (Frankly, when I fly over some European countries, their turbines don't fill me with envy.)
Europe is right to tell us to reduce this [France's budget] deficit and spend less. Europe is right to demand this of us but cannot at the same time demand us to increase our dues.
Francois Hollande is an intelligent man. I do not have a problem with him. The only thing is, he has never held office at the state level. Honestly, can you imagine Francois Hollande as president of France? Imagine it!
I understand that people might be poor if they don't have any work, but I don't accept that someone is poor if they've worked really hard.
It's disrespectful to tell the French in the morning that you're going to reduce the debt, in the evening that you're not going to make any savings, and the next morning, after thinking about it, that you're going to spend more.
To be a young Gaullist is to be a revolutionary!
There are remuneration packages that will no longer be tolerated because they bear no relation to merit. That those who create jobs and wealth may earn a lot of money is not shocking. But that those who contribute to destroying jobs and wealth also earn a lot of money is morally indefensible.
We need to profoundly revise all of our taxes and charges. The aim is to tax pollution - notably fossil fuels - more, and tax work less
I'm ready to become a French person amongst French people, and more than ever I have the love for my country deeply ingrained in my heart.
Perhaps the mistake I made at the start of my mandate is not understanding the symbolic dimension of the president's role and not being solemn enough in my acts. A mistake for which I would like to apologise or explain myself and which I will not make again. Now, I know the job.
The French people have chosen change. This change I will put into place.
I am not a man of my party. I do not talk only to socialists and union leaders.
I hope that France - and all of Europe - we would take an initiative for the year 2012 to be the year of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
I fought for the values of responsibility, and I'm not a man who does not accept his responsibilities.
The French people need to have all the facts so they can choose. And I won't be running away from it or hiding from it.
I want to wage war against illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, unfair competition, communitarianism, delinquency.
We want to put a stop to tax havens. We want results on this, with a list of tax havens and a series of consequences.
You are the eternal France, I love you.
A page is turning for me. I won't be candidate in legislative elections, nor in any elections to come.
The French like burgers, Madonna and Miami Vice.
France now has a new president and he must be respected. I assume full responsibility for this defeat.
You won't hear from me again.
I am showing solidarity while being different. Or if you prefer, I am being different while being in solidarity.
From the very beginning, the American dream meant proving to all mankind that freedom, justice, human rights and democracy were no utopia but were rather the most realistic policy there is and the most likely to improve the fate of each and every person.
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