"I could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers, but I finally chose politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Francois Hollande on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Francois Hollande on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Francois Hollande on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Francois Hollande on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Francois Hollande on Joseph Stalin
"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."