Last quote by François Fillon
François Fillon quotes
We were all being told this was going to be a triumph for the extreme right. And yet again the outcome shows that it's the (political) center and right that provide the best bulwark against populism and extremism.
There's only one thing that could prevent me from being candidate. If my honour was affected, if I were put under investigation.
I see that my privacy is being investigated… and this treatment is reserved for me. Who is trying to hurt me, I do not know.
I think about the words by Joan of Arc facing her judges, ignore, I ask you. I think of these words today. Ignore, ignore the attacks which are targeting me, ignore because like you, millions of French people, refuse to let their votes be pre-empted and confiscated.
Are we alone? The success of this demonstration shows that my legitimacy as a candidate remains very strong. I can unite (the party) for the campaign and for government… No one can prevent me now from being the candidate.
I believe that my project is supported by a majority of voters from the Right and from the centre and that I demonstrated this today.
The answer is no. I see no reason to do that.
The day I'm recognised as innocent by a judiciary that I have not lost faith in – even if I have reservations about their initial actions – my accusers who were too quick to point the finger will be ashamed of themselves.
No one can stop me from being a candidate. I committed the first error in the past, in asking my wife to work for me. ... I shouldn't have done that. And I committed the second in hesitating about the way to talk about it.
You should not surrender to worry or anger.
They attack me everywhere and I must, in conscience, listen to you, this immense crowd pushing me on. But I must also ask myself about those who doubt and are abandoning the ship. They bear an immense responsibility, as do I.
We shall show the strength of popular will. Hold firm! France deserves our courage!
Elites are often more conservative and more prudent than the French people. Our main enemy is ourselves... our harmful tendency to ridicule our own country.
In the first three months, we'll have created a positive shock and launched the powerful dynamic favoring employment.
Thank you. I've known better, and I will know better. I tell you with gravity, don't be fooled, don't let anyone rob you of your choice. I ask you to resist.
We are our own worst enemy.
This campaign is a strange battle. You are brave but you are being intimidated. They are attacking me, but what they are really trying to attack is our national recovery.
Don't let anyone deprive you of your choice. I ask you to resist.
I have been singled out by the judicial system. It's as if I had to be brought down at all costs.
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the machine to grind me down with scoops and rumours has set itself going. But let me tell you, I have no intention of giving in.
Standing before you is a fighter.
It is indeed a political assassination. But through this disproportionate attack, without a known precedent, through the choice of this date, it's not only me they're assassinating, it's the presidential election.
I will not give up, I will not surrender, I will not withdraw. I will be in this until the bitter end, because it is not just me who is under threat, it is democracy itself. I am asking you to be with me. This is not about me, My rights or my innocence, it is about you.
I remind you that we are in a state of emergency and yet the government is letting this happen. It is necessary that the government ensures that conditions for the smooth running of the elections and that it enforces the rule of law.
You are my companions, and with you at my side I can feel your strength that feeds my strength to win. Our determination to fight for France's recovery is more intense than ever.
I have decided not to give in to intimidation and pressure. I have chosen to stand in front of the French, to face their judgment.
Not only does le Canard Enchaine try to cast doubt, wrongly, over the calculation of the net average salary of my wife but it commits numerous errors in analysing information on the pay slips. Only a desire to cause harm can explain this report which is full of lies. I now understand that it was naive to believe that justice would be served sensibly and rapidly.
There is no plan B. I am the only candidate who can bring about a national recovery. I am the candidate of the Right and I am here to win. Her job was vital for my role as an elected official ... All of this was legal. It was a mistake, which I deeply regret, and I apologize to the French people.
Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my work as an MP (member of parliament). To collaborate with family members in politics was an accepted thing, it is not accepted today. I am sorry and apologize. Tonight a new campaign starts.
I want to tell millions of French people who chose me, no one will steal your choice.
Nothing will turn me from my duty to be candidate in the presidential election. What was acceptable yesterday ... is not today. It was a mistake. I deeply regret it and I present my excuses to the French. They call this job fictitious. Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my activities as an elected official.
Yes, I employed my wife as an aide.
All acts described (in the media) are legal and transparent. It was a mistake. They call this job fictitious.
Hold the line. We'll get through this ordeal together and march on to victory.
I want justice to be done quickly. But I cannot deny that I'm really angry. I'm in a cold rage against these hounds, who are pleased with their demolition work.
People are not seeking justice. They are seeking to destroy me, and beyond me to destroy the Right and steal an election.
When I was a Senator I occasionally paid my two sons for legal work that they were qualified to do. It was and is within the law, so legal.
I'm confident, I'm unfazed.
I am the victim of a smear campaign.
Facing the anesthesia camp, I am the labour and purchasing power candidate, because a country that works more, earns more.
Three months before the presidential elections, and coincidentally, a scandal has erupted. Through Penelope, they try to destroy me. I am afraid of nothing. I have a solid backbone. If they want to attack me, they can attack me straight in the eye, but they should leave my wife out of this political debate.
If we continue to try to destroy credible candidates in the presidential election, this is how it'll end.
Without the work my wife carried out I would not be where I am now.
I see the stink bomb season has started.
I am convinced that the economic sanctions are totally ineffective. We must find another way to talk. I do not want (U.S. President Donald) Trump to talk with Russia at our expense. It would be damaging for Europe if Trump went above our heads, which is not inconceivable.
The state should only be a shareholder in strategic companies.
I think 500,000 (jobs) is an achievable figure, particularly if we negotiate an increase in working hours. I am a Gaullist and I am a Christian: that means I would never take a decision that is contrary to the respect for human dignity and the human being.
Instead of looking at the facts, my detractors suspect me of wanting to 'privatize' health insurance and cut down on spending there. This is quite clearly not true.
We have a window of opportunity by the end of the year, we must use it.
It will be a clear signal given to the Greek people and the Greek government so they can continue their efforts.
This term ends in political mess and in the decay of power.
We are in a country which is riddled with debts, where public state functions take up nearly all the country's resources, a country with terrible debts which will have to face higher borrowing costs in the months or years to come. So, this is a country which is no longer investing. How do we make investments when we don't have money? My own view is that I want to restart on privatisations.
For three years now I've forged my way by listening to the French people, with my plan, my values and progressively I felt this wave that broke all the written scenarios that came before. That which unites us is so much more important that that which sets us apart. That is why tonight I hold out my hand to all those who want to serve our country.
What unites my camp is more important than what divides it… I must now convince the whole country that our project is the only one that can lift us up.
Russia poses no threat.
My enemy is the decline of France.
Syria is ravaged by Islamic State which comes and kills our children on the streets of our cities. It's ripped apart by internal fighting and is bruised by the bombing of its civilian population. If we don't create the conditions for a real international coalition, if we refuse to form an alliance with Russia, then Islamist totalitarianism will continue to cast its shadow and spread death.
What is brutal is the mass unemployment which is ruining millions of French people. What is brutal is the delinquency that is destroying entire districts. What may be brutal in the future is the day when the debt wall collapses on us.
Alain Juppe does not really want to change things. He's staying within the system, he just wants to improve it. My project is more radical.
France will need a strong president, a president first and foremost who's decided to make reforms, courageous reforms, fast reforms, credible reforms, and reforms without being brutal.
With this manifesto, within two years we can fix the situation. In five years, we can halve unemployment, that means get closer to full employment like our neighbours, and in ten years we could once again be Europe's number one power.
What I'm simply calling for is for us to sit down round the table with the Russians – without asking for agreement from the Americans – and along with them, try and recreate a link, if not of confidence, then at least one which allows us to moor Russia to Europe.
There is a rise of fundamentalism in the Muslim community, fundamentalists are in the process of taking the Muslim community hostage.
I never meant to call into question the Jewish community's attachment to our common values and to the respect of the rules of the Republic.
But I'm just a pragmatist.
I can sense a surprise coming.
I would say to the French people watching: don't be afraid. Don't be afraid to go against the polls and the media who had already decided everything for you. Choose to vote for your convictions. That's the choice you deserve, it's the choice France deserves.
The French are proud and don't like to be told what to do. Don't be afraid to contradict opinion polls and the media that had decided it all for you ... Vote for what you believe in.
France needs to decrease the cost of labour, not only on low qualified jobs, but on all kinds. France sees precisely a decrease in the quality of its economy because of those politics.
[Tax on capital revenue] is 30 percent in Germany, it is 60 percent in France. How can we have French investors with those conditions?
France needs a deep transformation.
Today we've deployed police at Roissy to do the job of security and surveillance work. Everyone must understand that we cannot take passengers hostage during the Christmas season, it's just unacceptable.
I simply think this one has really come too late, 20 years after the events. As far as I am concerned, this will not alter the personal relationship that exists between Jacques Chirac and the French people.
I take Standard & Poor's decision to place all the eurozone states under negative watch, as a call to eurozone heads of state and governments to embark quickly on the path of reforms, in order to give the eurozone more governance, and to give the eurozone the ability to react and to fight back more efficiently. So, that's it, I consider that S&P is sending us a challenge, and we are going to take up that challenge during the European Council.
The October 27 deal is our common roadmap. It has to be implemented as soon as possible. France needs to lead by example, by implementing everything quickly.
Certainly the breaking point has not yet been reached, but now is the time to be firm and it is now that the international community must be steady.
I'd like to remind you that this crisis is not a euro crisis. The euro is indisputably a strong currency, it's the second world currency, it's become one of the main reserve currencies. This crisis is more a crisis of confidence with regard to certain countries of the euro zone.
The right to strike is not the right to prevent access to a fuel depot. That is an action that is illegal. Nor is it the right to prevent access to the workplace to those who want to work.
No, we will not abandon a rise in the retirement age because if we do this our pensions system will collapse under the weight of deficits.
France strictly respects EU directives and national laws. We, together with other European nations, will continue to work on the question of the integration of the Roma.
However we do have agreements with the governments in the region and in particular with the Mauritanian government and with the Malian government to hunt down these terrorists and bring them to justice.
Right now, the euro is still a strong currency and the Greek crisis is not a crisis of the euro. It is a sovereign-debt crisis, that we are in the process of resolving.
I would like to indicate that the decisions we are going to take regarding sustainable development have to be better coordinated with all European countries, so as not to widen our gap in competitiveness with our neighbour Germany.
We weren't able to convince (the public). The balance of power established in the 2004 regional elections remains globally the same and that is a disappointment for the UMP. I accept my part of the responsibility.
We were not able to convince the electorate. I take my share of the blame and tomorrow morning I'll speak about it with the President. We have to analyse this vote and respect it.
It's still wide open because no one party can lay claim to the electors. Next Sunday they will have to chose a team and an issue for their region.
Nuclear cooperation is rooted in both our countries' intention to value technological innovation and energy independence.
These agreements are also proof of the solid relations between China and France.
France is open to cooperation with Russia including defence.
Foreign policy is driven by the head of state who is elected by the people and it must not be negotiated by parliament. That is why I ask your approval of this policy.
Today's disagreements are often tomorrow's shared viewpoints. So let us try to agree here and now, all together.
We do not give lessons to people because we are not starting from the same point. We don't have the same history. What is important is that we have dynamic progress.
I have come to support the police officers, fire crews, doctors, all those who, in difficult conditions for three days, have been working for a return to calm in these areas. They need to be supported. They should know that the government is totally determined to restore order as quickly as possible.
The government will not renege on its promises because it does not have the right as far as the French public is concerned. It does not have the right as far as the French people who finance the deficit of these special regimes are concerned.