"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."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Francois Hollande on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Francois Hollande on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Francois Hollande on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Francois Hollande on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Francois Hollande on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home."
"Each country has a soul, and France's soul is equality."
"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."
"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."
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