"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Francois Hollande on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Francois Hollande on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Francois Hollande on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Francois Hollande on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Francois Hollande on Abraham Lincoln
"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."