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Born: 1954-08-12
Profession: Statesman
Nation: French
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That is now my mission: to provide a European vision of growth, employment, prosperity - in one word, our future.

Tags: Future, Vision, Word

There is just one France... one single nation, united in the same destiny.

Tags: Destiny, Nation, Single

There's always a risk when the candidate becomes president: Will he deliver what is expected of him?

Tags: Him, President, Risk

The transatlantic relationship is vital for both our countries: France will remain a reliable ally of the United States. Nevertheless, ally does not mean aligned.

Tags: Both, Mean, United

As a president I will be like the candidate that I am, a respectful candidate, a rallying candidate, a normal candidate for a normal presidency, at the service of the Republic.

Tags: Normal, President, Service

Before you, I engage myself to serve my country with the devotion and the exemplary that this post demands. I understand responsibilities of the job and, as such, I give a republican salute to Nicolas Sarkozy who has led France for 5 years and who deserves all of our respect.

Tags: Give, Job, Respect

Between France and Senegal there's a history. There's a language that we both speak. There's a culture that we share and to which both of our peoples have contributed. But beyond our history, beyond our language, beyond the links that have united us for so long, what unites us today is the future.

Tags: Future, History, Today

During a term in office there are highs and lows, but what counts is that the goal is set as well as the means to achieve it, and the force we put into getting results.

Tags: Getting, Goal, Put

Europe needs an engine, and the Franco-German motor has provided that when the two nations have converged on important topics during critical periods. But that partnership shouldn't be a directorate for other EU members.

Tags: Europe, Nations, Needs

Everyone says Francois Mitterrand had huge charisma. But before he was president they used to call him badly dressed, old, archaic and say he knew nothing about the economy... until the day he was elected. It's called universal suffrage. When you're elected, you become the person that embodies France.

Tags: Become, Him, Old

France is the bridge between northern Europe and southern Europe. I refuse any division. If Europe has been reunified, it's not for it to then fall into egotism or 'each for one's own'. Our duty is to set common rules around the principles of responsibility and solidarity.

Tags: Between, Fall, Rules

France isn't just any country in Europe, and its president is not an ordinary leader in the world. Sometimes directing or leading the way is not enough, he has to initiate policies, as Nicolas Sarkozy was able to demonstrate during his term.

Tags: Country, Enough, Leader

France, after the month of May, will share trust with the current leadership of the United States which, on many subjects, has tended to take useful positions in our view.

Tags: Leadership, May, Trust

I am for a clear distinction between public and private life. I believe private matters should be regulated in private and I have asked those close to me to respect this.

Tags: Between, Life, Respect

I attach the greatest importance to an amplification of the peace efforts in the Middle East. I would also like to see a greater dialogue between the U.S. and the EU.

Tags: Between, Greatest, Peace

I don't want euro bonds that serve to mutualize the entire debt of the countries in the euro zone. That can only work in the longer-term. I want euro bonds to be used to finance targeted investments in future-oriented growth projects. It isn't the same thing. Let's call them 'project bonds' instead of euro bonds.

Tags: Finance, Used, Work

I don't want to drive the markets crazy. I don't want to create trouble, but rather order and rules and norms. We have to struggle against financial excesses, those who speculate with sovereign debt, those who develop financial products which have done so much harm.

Tags: Crazy, Done, Struggle

I have defended the interests of France at the G8 in Washington; afterwards I was at Chicago to announce the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan; I have participated in two European summits, so I have fully respected the engagements I made to the French.

Tags: Chicago, Interests, Washington

I know where I'm going and I have told the French. I am sure if hope is there, we will be able to put France back on its feet... to live better in five years than we do today.

Tags: Hope, Put, Today

I perfectly understood President Obama's attitude throughout the French presidential campaign. He had no reason to distance himself from Nicolas Sarkozy. It's the basic solidarity that leaders who worked together owe to each other.

Tags: Attitude, Reason, Together

I think that France has not made it clear enough recently to our German friends how important it is to introduce euro bonds as a tool against speculation. And how the necessary budget discipline needs to be accompanied by growth.

Tags: Against, Enough, Friends

I want the French people to respect values that allow each individual to practice his or her faith, but in the frame of our common rules of secularism.

Tags: Faith, Her, Respect

I won't wait until the end of my term to say I made mistakes at the beginning. That's too late. I will try to adopt the proper behaviour, if the French give me the chance, right from the start.

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If I become president, France will not continue with the same policies as under Nicolas Sarkozy - both in domestic policy and in foreign and European policy.

Tags: Become, Both, President

My dear citizens, fellow citizens, French people, this 6th of May, have just chosen change by bringing me the presidency of the French republic. I feel the honor, which has been given to me and the task, the important task faced beyond - in front of you to serve my country.

Tags: Change, Country, May

Nicolas Sarkozy said he could see a wave rising. For once he was right. The wave's coming; it's high, its strong, and it's going to smack him in the face.

Tags: Him, Said, Strong
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Not in the constitution, but I would propose a law to the French parliament that provides for reducing the budget deficit year by year, until we have reached a balanced budget by 2017.

Tags: Law, Until, Year

One thing that makes France different from other countries is the tradition of social solidarity. People from all backgrounds and political positions are willing to contribute for services and protection of society as a whole - but on the condition that money is being spent effectively and that everyone is paying their part.

Tags: Money, Political, Society

The British have been particularly shy about the issues of financial regulation, and attentive only to the interests of the City - hence their reluctance to see the introduction of a tax on financial transactions and tax harmonisation in Europe.

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The United Nations will be at the heart of our international activities. France will assume its full responsibilities at the Security Council by putting its status at the service of peace, respect for human rights and development.

Tags: Heart, Peace, Respect

We are a big country, with lots of advantages and history. We are proud to be French. We have to call on patriotism at this time... to ask for an effort in the battle against debt.

Tags: History, Patriotism, Time

We are near, very near, to an end to the eurozone crisis... The worst - in the sense of the fear of the eurozone breaking up - is over. But the best isn't there yet.

Tags: Best, Crisis, Fear

We find ourselves in a difficult situation in Europe. There's a crisis, weak growth, unemployment... my duty is to ensure that by the end of my mandate France is in a better state than it was at the beginning.

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We need the help of other member countries and leaders who, like us, want to see a change in Europe's direction. That's also my logic when I tell voters that electing me president will not only shape France's future, but also initiate change across all of Europe.

Tags: Change, Future, Help

We're all taking part in this solidarity. The French, the Germans, just like all the Europeans in the ESM. Let's stop thinking that there's only one country who's going to pay for the others. That's false.

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What is happening in the Sahel for the past several months is that terrorists have structured themselves, have installed themselves. It's not simply a menace for west Africa.

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What the French want is coherence, stability and justice. If I am in a favorable position today, it's because my fellow citizens want to make the effort to straighten out the country, and at the same time they want it to be just and equitable.

Tags: Justice, Time, Today

When I took part in European leaders summits, it was sometimes unpleasant for me to hear Romanian, Polish, Portuguese, and Italian friends speak English, although I admit that on an informal basis, first contacts can be made in this language. Nevertheless, I will defend everywhere the use of the French language.

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In an election, one needs both hope and audacity.

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We have chased away the clouds, the sky is all 'rose.'

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My real adversary has no name, no face, no party. It will never be elected, yet it governs - the adversary is the world of finance.

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To be influential in tomorrow's world, to defend our values and our development model, France needs Europe and Europe needs France.

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An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home.

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Austerity need not be Europe's fate.

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Each country has a soul, and France's soul is equality.

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I am attached to the French language. I will defend the ubiquitous use of French.

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I am proud to have been capable of giving people hope again.

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I am the president of the youth of France.

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I commit myself to serve my country.

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I could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers, but I finally chose politics.

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I don't like indecent, unearned wealth. But it is legitimate for an entrepreneur who has created something to make a good living.

Tags: Good, Living, Wealth

I don't want to leave my successor and my children to pay for France's debt.

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I gave myself an objective, to be the second president from Correze and finally to be the successor to Francois Mitterrand.

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I have given myself one objective, to be the long-awaited successor to Francois Mitterrand.

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I want to initiate a change in society in the long term.

Tags: Change, Initiate, Society

I would like a UK fully engaged in Europe, but I can't decide in place of the British. I see that for the moment they want to be more in retreat.

Tags: Europe, Moment, Place

I'm going to gather all the French people who want change.

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Is France a northern European export powerhouse, or a Mediterranean indebted and dependent economy? Yes to both.

Tags: Both, Economy, Yes

My adversary is the world of finance.

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My goal is to put France back on its feet. I have to put this country back on its feet.

Tags: Country, Goal, Put

My mission is to put France back on its feet. The priority is employment. Efforts have to be made, but those efforts must be made fairly.

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My obligation, if I become president, is to give another direction to Europe than the one that is being forced upon us today.

Tags: Become, Give, Today

Nothing was given to me, nothing was entrusted to me, nothing was assigned to me. Everything I have, I took by right.

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