Nicolas Sarkozy

(Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa)

Quote Topics Cited
Calm down. If you want to be President you have to be calm. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
For years I used to think that you had to hide your emotions to show that you are strong. Power
I am part of a political class that is paralyzed by the prospect of risk. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I believe in capitalism but in fair capitalism. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
I do not accept the fact that a person should be poor if he works very hard. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I do not fear … rupture—rupture with habits of thought, with ideas, with behaviors of the past that have prevented us from advancing, from grasping the future between our two arms … I want a rupture with conformity … with half heartedness … with conservatism … with immobility. This rupture I believe necessary. This rupture I have betrothed myself to. This rupture the French people have approved. This rupture I will perform. Liberals & Conservatives
I do not want an Islam in France. I want an Islam of France. ….If you want your male relatives to tell your female relatives what they may or may not do, you should not come here. If you don’t want your wife to be looked at by other men, then you don’t belong here. Religion & God
I want to say to America that France is not what they think it is. There has never been a war between the French and the Americans. There is no need for us to argue…. France has to be an ally of the United States. We both have the same values. Intergovernmental Relations
If immigrants are unhappy in France then it is time for them to leave. Immigration & Emigration
If living in France bothers some people, they should feel free to leave the country. Immigration & Emigration
If we politicians cannot solve the problems of the economy, terrorism and the environment, then we shall have failed in our duty. Management & Managing Government
If you come to France and you wear a veil, if you go to one of the administrative buildings, then that's not acceptable. If you don't want your wife to be examined by a male doctor, then you're not welcome here. France is a country that's open. Immigration & Emigration
In France anti-Americanism applies to only a fraction of the elite. Do you know a lot of young people who don’t want to go to the USA. Public Opinion & Polling
It is not fair that some people should have a better chance in life simply because of where they live. Equality & Equal Opportunity
It is said that sanctions do not work—that they lead to resentment and possibly war. When sanctions do not work the reason is that they are not strong enough. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Limitless enlargement of Europe means the death of political Europe. States. Nations & Nationhood
The French social model is no longer the best one in the world. We have massive unemployment. It must change. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The ideas of socialism are not modern ideas. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
There is a moral crisis in France and it has a name. That is the crisis of labor or work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no entitlement without a duty. Citizenship & Patriotism
There is only one way to reduce unemployment in France: You have to explain to the French people that they have to work harder. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There was an obvious link between 30 or 40 years of a policy of uncontrolled immigration and the social explosion in French cities. Immigration & Emigration
We cannot open our markets to countries that do not open their markets to us. Foreign Trade
We have to act against radical preachers capable of influencing the youngest and most weak-minded .... Imams and their followers who fuel anti-western feeling among impressionable young French Muslims will be rounded up and returned to their countries of origin Terrorism
We have too many foreigners in France. Diversity is not working. Immigration & Emigration
We live in a world where people don't all have the same scruples, where all blows can be given, and where, in order to down somebody, all means can be used. Nothing will lead me astray from the path that I have chosen. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What I like about America is that anything is possible. Miscellaneous
What I like is that fact is that in America you take a chance. If you win, fine. If you don’t, this is OK. You get a second chance. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
A page is turning for me. I won't be candidate in legislative elections, nor in any elections to come.
France is the country with the highest taxes in Europe along with Sweden... something of which I am not proud.
France now has a new president and he must be respected. I assume full responsibility for this defeat.
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!
Francois Hollande is the president of the republic, he must be respected. I want to wish him good luck in the midst of these tests.
I am not a man of my party. I do not talk only to socialists and union leaders.
I committed myself totally, fully, but I didn't succeed in convincing a majority of French... I didn't succeed in making the values we share win.
I don't give any gifts to the rich.
I fought for the values of responsibility, and I'm not a man who does not accept his responsibilities.
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. Hope ;War & Peace
I love life too much to be bitter. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I want to wage war against illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, unfair competition, communitarianism, delinquency. War & Peace
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
In a presidential campaign, you can't lie. You can't hide what you are and what you want. You can't hide what kind of President you'll be. You can't keep on talking about nothing indefinitely and committing to nothing, you can't keep running away from debate, masking the challenges.
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. Morning
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 need to have all the facts so they can choose. And I won't be running away from it or hiding from it.
You are the eternal France, I love you. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You won't hear from me again.