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French election 2017

You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about French election 2017. 174 people are quoted and you can read 444 citations of them about French election 2017. François Fillon, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. François Fillon said: “And, oddly enough, the Socialist party, Mr. Macron and Mr. Hollande pounce on these pseudo-revelations.”.

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Joel Dreyfuss

The French presidential campaign switched into high gear this week with a sometimes-raucous American-style debate featuring the five top candidates. The three-and-a-half-hour marathon was the first televised debate ever held before the first round o[...]

Dmitry Peskov

It is what in English we call 'fake news.

Bruno Le Roux

Those work contracts ... correspond to work that was effectively carried out.

Pierre Cornut-Gentille

Since Penelope Fillon's past activities on behalf of her husband were real, all the documents pertaining to this work are also unquestionably genuine. There's not the slightest forgery in this case.

Pierre Cornut-Gentille

Since Penelope Fillon's past activities on behalf of her husband were real, all the documents pertaining to this work are also unquestionably genuine.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

I have to admire your brass neck when you say the campaign has been polluted by the corruption scandals some of us are implicated in. Well, I'm sorry, but not me, and I think I should remind the audience this concerns just two of us up here , Mr Fil[...]

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

A limit on illegals you say, but what does that mean? How do you count them? You can always dream up quotas, tickets, or any measure you like, but some will always get through. So what do you do then? Do you throw them into the sea?

Graeme Bencke

We're relatively positive on the banking sector in Europe. The risk is obviously that we get significant political issues but ... we think the chances for a significant upset in the French election is low.

Omer Esiner - Commonwealth Foreign Exchange

Any news between now and the French election next month that suggests fading risk of a Le Pen victory would probably be supportive of the euro.

Emmanuel Macron

Not behind, not hidden ... she will be by my side. Since she shares my life from morning to night, her only question is how, physically, I would manage.

Rene Albrecht - DZ Bank

There were some doubts whether Macron would perform well because of his relative inexperience, but the poll after the debate shows him in the lead. From the point of view of international investors, this is a positive as it keeps France's position i[...]

François Fillon

The real serial killer, is Marine Le Pen with her plan to leave the euro, rampant inflation….

Marine Le Pen

It's completely empty. I want to attract the French people's attention to the fact that every time you talk, you say a bit of this, a bit of that, and never decide. I don't want to be the vice chancellor of Angela Merkel.

François Fillon

I may have committed some errors, I have faults, who doesn't, but I am experienced.

Emmanuel Macron

The traditional parties, those that have for decades failed to solve yesterday's problems, won't be able to do it tomorrow either.

Emmanuel Macron

I pledge to be controlled by no one.

Emmanuel Macron

The trap you are falling into, Mrs Le Pen, through your provocations, is dividing society. It is making enemies of the Republic out of the more than four million French men and women whose religion is Islam, the vast majority of whom are absolutely [...]

Benoit Hamon

The proportion of foreigners in France has been stable since the 1930s. But even so, every year it is the object of a debate, a debate aimed mainly at exploiting the issue of immigration for electoral gain.

François Fillon

I completely disagree with Emmanuel Macron who praised the German chancellor when he was in Berlin for (refugee) policies that turned out to be bad policies and which are now criticised by her own allies in Germany.

François Fillon

You are dragging the country towards veritable economic and social chaos, which would lead to the ruin of both borrowers and savers. The way this crisis was handled has created an enormous problem for Europe.

Marine Le Pen

The results in Britain are wonderful. They have unemployment that is lower than it's been for decades. Everyone knows what my view is on the euro and the European Union, which forbids economic patriotism, economic patriotism.

Emmanuel Macron

We're going to start seeing the results (of their departure). Because it's other Conservatives who are going to have to deal with it, and by the way we're going to have to be incredibly rigorous (in negotiating with Britain about its exit by not giv[...]

Marine Le Pen

They used the same argument before the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump.

Emmanuel Macron

I don't need a ventriloquist. You are lying (to voters) by twisting the truth.

Emmanuel Macron

Those who were responsible for Brexit, who said everything is possible and it will be wonderful have all scampered off. They have all gone into hiding.

Emmanuel Macron

Unlike you, I propose to have a strong France inside Europe.

Emmanuel Macron

The traditional parties, those who have for decades failed to solve yesterday's problems, won't be able to do it tomorrow either.

Benoit Hamon

We can't tell François Fillon, Step down, be an example' and have the head of a ministry – what's more, a sovereign one – not apply this to himself.

Marine Le Pen

You've spoken for seven minutes, and I have no idea what you said. You haven't said anything. Every time you talk, you take a little of this, and a little of that, and you never settle on anything.

Emmanuel Macron

I'm not putting words in your mouth. I don't need a ventriloquist. The trap you are falling into, Madame Le Pen, with your provocations, is to divide society.

Marine Le Pen

We've got Islamists in our country.

Emmanuel Macron

I don't need a ventriloquist. When I have something to say, I say it clearly. You'd be bored without me.

François Fillon

I may have made mistakes. I have defects. Who doesn't? But I have experience.

Marine Le Pen

It's empty, completely empty. We don't know what you want.

Benoit Hamon

How do you learn French, dear madam? By speaking it!

Emmanuel Macron

"The trap you are falling into, Madame Le Pen, with your provocations is to divide society,"

Jean-Marie Le Pen

After all, they can say, Le Pen was right,' . Public opinion – the voters, the citizens – has realized that the ideas we defend are not 'extremist,' as our adversaries say, but that they conform to the truth. If I were Marine Le Pen, I would run exa[...]

Marine Le Pen

I want to put an end to immigration – that's clear. That's called Project Fear, Mr Fillon. It was used before Brexit.

François Fillon

I have some flaws. Who hasn't? But I know how to run a small town, a region, a government.

Emmanuel Macron

You are lying by twisting the truth.

François Fillon

You want to drag the country into social and economic chaos.

Christiane Taubira

Thank you for your welcome, thank you for being here for Benoit.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

We are all the children of the Revolution.

Emmanuel Macron

I want each young French person to be able to experience military life, even briefly.

Fawad Razaqzada - Forex.com

At the moment, the dollar remains in correction mode, which we had fully expected.

Michael Sapin

I don't know who will be the president of the Republic in France – this is maybe the first time I don't know, but I know this won't be Mrs. (Marine) Le Pen and I know this will be someone European and favorable to European construction. I think that[...]

Benoit Hamon

I would like to know if leaders of oil, pharmaceutical companies ... or banks have given a lot, a great deal, an enormous amount to some presidential candidates.

Benoit Hamon

The only program that can be useful over the next five years, useful every day for the French and useful to efficiently fight the National Front, is the one I propose.

Benoit Hamon

This campaign is polluted by money. In the case of some of the candidates, the influence of big money forces can be seen in their programs. We're going through a crisis where political officials are less focused on public interest than a raft of int[...]

Emmanuel Macron

I insisted during my discussion with the (German) Chancellor about my willingness to reform our labor market, to reform our vocational training system, to reform our education and to deliver a sensible fiscal trend. Now the key question is to delive[...]

Adrian Hilton

The decent predictive performance of opinion polls in the Dutch vote is likely to restore confidence in French surveys, which have consistently ascribed a low probability to Marine Le Pen winning. It's probably a little too soon to sound the all-cle[...]

Alastair Newton

In short, although I think that we are seeing something of a pushback against populism in Europe today and that we should feel some relief at the Dutch outcome, populism is far from dead, including in the Netherlands, and we should treat the French [...]

Josh Mahony

A cloud of uncertainty has been blown away overnight. The loss of Dutch populist Geert Wilders comes as a huge boost to the EU and eurozone, which will now begin to shift its attention to the enactment of Article 50, followed by next month's French [...]

Kamal Sharma - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The Dutch election result was consistent with the opinion polling, and obviously the Fed has delivered a rate hike, but in its most dovish form. Ultimately, the near term is going to be dominated by French election risks. So we still see that the eu[...]

Vincent Chaigneau - Société Générale

All of the central banks are on the move. The BOJ (Bank of Japan and ECB (European Central Bank) used to be very dovish, less so now. Clearly, the ECB, in particular, is getting much more upbeat about growth and I think, if we have no accidents with[...]

Michael Birnbaum

Geert Wilders, a fiery fixture of the Dutch far-right who wants to ban the Koran and shutter mosques, topped polls for months, unnerving mainstream leaders in France and Germany who face elections later this year. His support has waned in recent wee[...]

Masafumi Yamamoto - Mizuho Securities

The euro's rise was an initial reaction to the Dutch exit polls and the currency could rise further when the European 'mother market' comes into session later in the day. How much further support the euro can garner would depend on how the Dutch vot[...]

François Fillon

There's only one thing that could prevent me from being candidate. If my honour was affected, if I were put under investigation.

Kiril Bougartchev

She does whatever she likes with money she earns. If she wants to go on a holiday she goes on a holiday. If she wants to get married she gets married.

François Fillon

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.

Benjamin Griveaux

The use of terms and imagery that draw on antisemitic fantasy is extremely worrying for the quality of debate in the republic but also for the state of mind that prevails in certain [party] headquarters.

Raphaël Glucksmann

They've reached this point ... hooked nose, the alliance of capitalism and Bolsheviks (the red sickle and the cigar) ... Even the [far-right Front National] wouldn't dare.

James Franey - Euronews

And in the second round, who will you vote for between Marine Le Pen or Emmanuel Macron?

James Franey - Euronews

Who will you vote for in the first round, Hamon or Macron?

Francois Hollande

My ultimate duty is to make sure that France is not won over by such a programme, and that France does not bear such a heavy responsibility. Even French journalists don't dare ask it!

Francois Hollande

But you…I will give you an answer later, and in English if necessary!

Benoit Hamon

I'm a fighter. From where I have come I've learned to fight even when the wind is bad.

Ely Mbareck

For me it's not an excuse, but we should ask questions. Often it's due to a lack of jobs, a social misery that put them totally on their knees, and the only outcome they see is criminality, unfortunately. Here in Les Mureaux, there is a big populati[...]

Ba Ndiaye

Who can we trust? That's the question, because we heard so many things (promised), but the opposite is happening.

François Fillon

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[...]

Harry Hopkins

Hell, they've got to eat just like other people!

Bruno Retailleau

The page has turned.

Alain Juppé

Francois Fillon… had a boulevard (to the presidency) in front of him. The instigation of judicial investigations against him and his defence based on a supposed plot and political assassination has brought him to a dead end.

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

The answer is no. I see no reason to do that.

François Fillon

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.

Marine Le Pen

It's not just a background noise, it's an absolute orchestra which only speaks about these judicial cases to the detriment once again of the depth of the political debate.

Penelope Fillon

He needed someone to carry out his tasks. If it hadn't been me, he would have paid someone else to do it, so we decided that it would be me.

Marine Le Pen

So I'm continuing to campaign, at times I get the impression that I'm the only one doing so.

François Fillon

We shall show the strength of popular will. Hold firm! France deserves our courage!

François Fillon

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.

Luc Houllier

He is the only one who can raise France up again.

François Fillon

You should not surrender to worry or anger.

Reinhard Cluse - UBS

If the French presidential election also passes without turbulence, and growth and inflation data remain solid, the ECB might turn more hawkish in its meeting on June 8. This would then leave the meeting on July 20 for preparing the markets for the [...]

Francois Fillion

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.

Penelope Fillon

I told him to continue to the end. Every day I told him that.

François Fillon

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.

Penelope Fillon

I have become the target for everything, to denigrate me personally has saturated the news … Even if the accusations against me are unjust, revolting, being misused, I must apologise for having to defend my honour and that of my wife when for you, a[...]

François Fillon

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.

Pierre Banon

We are being extremely careful and we'll have a security cordon of 200 people.

Georges Fenech

You can't pit the justice of the people against the judges.

François Fillon

In the first three months, we'll have created a positive shock and launched the powerful dynamic favoring employment.

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

We are our own worst enemy.

François Fillon

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.

Jerome Chartier

I've seen friends leave. In the toughest moments, you hope the sailors will pull the oars with the captain. I'm a sailor and I pull the oars with Captain Fillon.

Marine Le Pen

When (Fillon) declared that he would not be candidate if charged, I declared that this is an incoherent statement because in France, there is a principle named presumption of innocence.

Nadine Morano

I'm among those who use their energy trying to convince Francois Fillon to step down. I'm worried that the French will not let us reach the second round.

Virginie Calmels

The spectacle of this presidential campaign makes me sick. The violence of the public debate is unheard of.

François Fillon

Don't let anyone deprive you of your choice. I ask you to resist.

Anne Applebaum

Can Emmanuel Macron unite the center-left and the center-right?

Francois Hollande

We can't have demonstrations in our country, in our Republic, that question our institutions, the work of the judiciary or of the police in the course of an inquiry.

François Fillon

I have been singled out by the judicial system. It's as if I had to be brought down at all costs.

Nadine Morano

And the far-left will come. That will result in dramatic images.

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

Standing before you is a fighter.

François Fillon

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.

Guy Lacombe

I don't know who to vote for anymore. I'm currently living abroad and to tell you the truth, I feel ashamed. We've become a laughing stock. The Socialist party doesn't know where to stand and the right-wing has been plagued by scandals.

Emmanuel Macron

Mr Trump would be making a grave mistake by going back on his predecessor's commitments towards the climate. I will forge a very strategic alliance with our Chinese partner on this subject. I think Mr Trump is wrong to advocate protectionism for his[...]

Georges Fenech

Unhappily, I am convinced that Francois Fillon is about to fall. It seems to me that today only he (Juppe), with all his experience, can carry the flame.

Emmanuel Macron

Mr Trump would be making a grave mistake by going back on his predecessor's commitments towards the climate.

Marine Le Pen

I'm a lawmaker. I'm in my role when I condemn Daesh, this is my role. And if I don't fulfill my role, I'm worth nothing as a lawmaker. Nobody can prevent a republic's representative from condemning Daesh's acts of violence.

Laura Slimani

Who is today financing the campaign of Emmanuel Macron? We know he is supported by big names in finance, in the business industry, so we want to know who is financing his campaign because this will have an impact on what kind of policies he will lea[...]

Thomas Guénolé

Basically the ideology of Mr Macron is opportunism. He waited as long as possible before telling us what his platform is. I don't think Marine Le Pen will benefit from this because in fact those who are right-wing voters and think Marine Le Pen is b[...]

François Fillon

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.

Franck Debeaupuis

To be handed preliminary charges is not proof of guilt. There were many others before him. In any case, he won't be convicted before the elections.

Franck Debeaupuis

It's part of French political life. It always has been.

François Fillon

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 innoce[...]

Zach El Maataoui

The guy just wants power ... politicians are all scam artists.

Bernard Debre

Well, 50 days ahead of (the election)? And by whom?

Benoit Hamon

I ask only for public tax returns for each country. A company should say where it makes money so we know where it should pay taxes. Today, systems allow them to transfer profits elsewhere and then say 'sorry, we made no French profits, so no taxes.

Jan Randolph - IHS

It's all closely linked to the probability of a Marine Le Pen victory in the final two candidate Presidential round. That would be the horror scenario for the markets and the EU given her radical euro-exit policies.

Norbert Wuthe - BayernLB

The slight deterioration in exit polls for Marine Le Pen in the run-off ballot helps stabilizing market sentiment.

Marine Le Pen

How can the pro-European fanatic Emmanuel Macron hope to be understood by Britain which has voted for Brexit, by Italy who has just said no to the European Union by referendum, by the Netherlands which are getting ready for a victory of the national[...]

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

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. The government [...]

François Fillon

The government must ensure that enemies of democracy cease disrupting this presidential campaign.

François Fillon

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.

Emmanuel Macron

The step that was taken, our common decision on an alliance that we took together is, in my opinion, a real turning point not only for this campaign, but also for the French political life, because it shows the capacity to go beyond classical divisi[...]

Emmanuel Macron

Unlike Francois Fillon, I don't believe in a purge and in fixing the country against the people's will. And unlike Benoit Hamon, I don't accept defeat on the jobs front. France must carry out structural reforms: it's good for us and will reassure ou[...]

Alvin Tan

I think euro-sterling in particular will continue to be affected more by the European political situation, in particular the French election. I can imagine there could be some movement probably downward in euro-sterling driven by euro, but hard pres[...]

Marcel Ceccaldi

The searches on Monday took place while Marine Le Pen was in Lebanon, a fact of which the authorities were well aware. It was an attempt to get around her parliamentary immunity and, is in fact, an attack on her right to the free exercise of power a[...]

Francois Bayrou

We are in an extremely risky situation, and to tackle this exceptional situation, I think we need an exceptional response. I have decided to offer Emmanuel Macron an alliance. The danger is too big, we must change things. What is at stake with this [...]

Francois Bayrou

What's at stake with this alliance is to restore hope.

Francois de Rugy

I want to take part in the renewal of politics that Emmanuel Macron has launched.

Emmanuel Macron

It is the preservation of Europe, of the common market, of the European Union, which are in play at this moment. If we don't negotiate this 'Brexit' well, everyone will be weakened. And then, of course we will defend French interests.

Marine Le Pen

The French can tell the difference between genuine scandals and political dirty-tricks.

Gavin Friend - National Australia Bank

We are still two months away from the French election but there is clearly some safe haven buying as we get nearer.

Maurice Levy

No-one in business really believes, at least in France, that Marine Le Pen will make it. Clearly she is leading in the first round but if you look at history and what has been the case (for) many years there is no chance that she is getting elected.

Benoit Hamon

I won't run after Jean Luc Melenchon. I don't run after anyone.

Marco Stringa - Deutsche Bank

Italy represents, in our view, the main risk to euro-area stability. We think that the probability of a negative development in Italy in the short- or medium-term is greater than a victory of the leader of the National Front, Le Pen, in the forthcom[...]

Peter Chatwell

It looks superficially that Hamon and Melenchon were not looking to tie up and that reduces market pricing of a Le Pen victory. But there's still a decent probability the two candidates are forced together.

Marine Le Pen

I explained clearly that ... Bashar al-Assad was obviously today a much more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State would be if it came to power in Syria, as it has partially taken power in Libya after the disappearance of (Muammar) Gadda[...]

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

I have no intention of going and hitching myself to a hearse.

Maris Ogg

If he doesn't straighten it out in the next, I would say, 30 days, people will just stop listening to him. When you look at the underlying fundamentals, they're quite good. The big question on the horizon is Marine Le Pen. If she wins, we're going t[...]

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

Fillon is still the safe bet. He is taking a tougher stance on immigration.

Teresa Villaverde

With unemployment and everything like that, people get lost and then comes someone like Donald Trump or, in Europe, ... these new right-wing people like Marine Le Pen. There are many countries that have had a long democratic tradition and to our sur[...]

Cas Mudde

Based on all the polls, as well as the polarization in France, she has virtually no chance. People argue she can win because they doubt the polls after Brexit and Trump. However, in both cases the margins were much smaller than between Le Pen and Ma[...]

Georges Fenech

I'd love to be wrong but I can't believe any more because I can see on the ground the reaction of the voters. They don't want to vote for us any more.

Georges Fenech

With that as a starting point, we are going to the wall. There are other people in our party who are respectable, young and have the capacity to run the country.

Richard Ferrand

These attacks are coming from the Russian border. We want a strong Europe. That's why we're subject to attacks on our information system from the Russian state. What we want is for authorities at the highest level to take the matter in hand to guara[...]

Axel A. Weber - UBS

In Britain we've seen that over the last summer. I'm pretty sure Marine Le Pen will be one of these candidates (in the final round) but I don't think she will be the winner of the race.

Joerg Kraemer - Commerzbank

Risk premia on French government bonds are back up to the levels seen during the 2012 crisis. But even if Marine Le Pen (the leader of the far right) does not win the French presidential election, the real problem of monetary union would remain: Dif[...]

Alain Kepler

He must not give up because he is not the only one in this situation. Here in Reunion there have been several cases…and there always will be. That it how it is. That's democracy.

Emmanuel Macron

This is your nation, . Your new president now has decided to jeopardize your budget, your initiatives, as he is extremely skeptical about climate change. Please come to France, you are welcome. It's your nation. We like innovation.

Emmanuel Macron

Please, come to France. You are welcome, it's your nation. We like innovation, we want innovative people, we want people working on climate change, energy, renewables and new technologies. France is your nation.

Emmanuel Macron

"I do know how your new president has now decided to jeopardise your budget, your initiatives as he is extremely sceptical about climate change. I have no doubt about climate change and how committed we have to be regarding this issue,"

Olivier Desbarres

Rating agencies want to come across as apolitical so if they think that a downgrade is justified they may not wait until after elections. The recent rise in French yields, although modest, could at the margin be stretching debt dynamics. Moreover, i[...]

Ronan Carr - Bank of America

That's clearly the downside risk. I think if Marine Le Pen was elected … it would call into question the integrity of the euro zone. I think it's quite conceivable we're sitting here in May and the markets find the outcome quite bullish. Between now[...]

Lothar Mentel

I am a little bit more worried about France, perhaps, what Fillon has done recently or what's come out has not been helpful, and the French are good for a revolution. The election of Trump has perhaps created headwind for the populist because the Eu[...]

Lothar Mentel

Certainly those 10 to 15 percent who have always bought into that (populist rhetoric) think it's great but the rest, the swing voters who may have gone with the populist last year, I think aren't going with them anymore, particularly in Germany.

Aleksandar Nikolic

I think all of this clearly plays in Marine's favor. When we ask the people here what their main concerns are, security and immigration clearly come first.

Aleksandar Nikolic

I think all of this clearly plays in Marine's favour.

Jean-Pierre Gorges

Like France, Chartres is fed up with the traditional political system but it's not only linked with the recent affairs. It's just that the situation in this country has been deteriorating for the past 40 years. Almost everybody has somebody in his f[...]

Sebastien Renault

People are becoming less and less interested in politics. It's a world of sharks out there, one eating the other.

Gavin Friend - National Australia Bank

The French political noise has brought the euro down and that has given the dollar a reprieve, . Markets know that if Trump was to come out and start talking about tax reform and infrastructure spending, the dollar would go up. The dollar rose a lon[...]

Alessio de Longis

After the difficult first few weeks of the year, we see more strength for the dollar coming through. My goal would still be the euro approaching parity over the course of this year.

François Fillon

"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,"

Craig Erlam

"Political risk remains a major concern for traders, with Donald Trump's unpredictability, the Brexit debate in parliament and the French election all creating a rather unsettling environment for traders,"

François Fillon

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 whic[...]

Craig Erlam

Political risk remains a major concern for traders, with Donald Trump's unpredictability, the Brexit debate in parliament and the French election all creating a rather unsettling environment for traders.

François Fillon

I have decided not to give in to intimidation and pressure. I have chosen to stand in front of the French, to face their judgement.

François Fillon

I have nothing to hide. All acts described [in the media] are legal and transparent. Where does it leave me morally speaking? I must face up to myself and in reality also to the French people. What was acceptable yesterday is no longer acceptable to[...]

Emmanuel Macron

She shares my whole life from morning till night and she wonders how I could physically do it! If in dinner-party chatter, or in forwarded emails, you're told that I have a double life, it's my hologram that suddenly escaped, but it can't be me!

Thierry Herzog

The clear disagreement between the two magistrates in charge of the matter is such a rare event that it is worth underlining, as it illustrates the inanity of the decision.

Emmanuel Macron

"If you're told I lead a double life with Mr Gallet it's because my hologram has escaped,". "Brigitte is asking herself how I could physically do that. She shares my life from morning to night, and I never paid her,".

Georges Fenech

Francois Fillon has told us that he remains the candidate ... I sincerely hope that we don't wake up with a hangover on April 23.

François Fillon

"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, whi[...]

François Fillon

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. A new campaign starts this evening. Her job was vital for my role as an elected official ... All of this was legal. It was a mista[...]

Alain Juppé

No is no. I'll say why. Today, let's listen to FF (Francois Fillon), our candidate.

François Fillon

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[...]

François Fillon

I want to tell millions of French people who chose me, no one will steal your choice.

Georges Fenech

Today we know who will be candidate to the end. We must back him. We have no other choice.

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

I think there was just a load of position adjustment this morning. There has been a lot of talk about the strong data in Europe but the other backdrop is the politics. A few weeks ago, the market was convinced (conservative presidential candidate Fr[...]

Philippe Gudin - Barclays

Such a withdrawal would leave (Fillon's) party, Les Républicains, in disarray only two months before the first round of the elections on April 23, and there is no obvious substitute. Last week's surveys pointed to a second round between Le Pen and M[...]

François Fillon

All acts described (in the media) are legal and transparent. It was a mistake. They call this job fictitious.

François Fillon

"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,". "H[...]

Alex Furber - CMC Markets

The exuberance demonstrated in the wake of Trump ordering a review of regulation faded in a lackluster session. Markets are still waiting to hear more from the Trump administration on tax cuts, deregulation and infrastructure. Rising political uncer[...]

François Fillon

Yes, I employed my wife as an aide.

Graham Sharpe - William Hill

We've picked up a lot of interest from (French) expats who can have a bet here but can't have a bet in Paris. We took the biggest single bet we've ever taken for a foreign election, other than the British or American ones. Ten thousand pounds for Ma[...]

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

European markets have really struggled to make any headway today with investors once again reluctant to try their luck against a backdrop of rising political risk. Narrowing opinion polls in Germany eroding Angela Merkel's lead, along with Marine Le[...]

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

As long as you will be under the European budget pact, no progressive policies are possible. We have to get out of the pacts. It is the prerequisite for change.

Anne Devineaux

After Brexit, Marine Le Pen's followers believe more strongly than ever in the possibility of 'Frexit.' Because, they've never believed more fervently in their victory. Europe can do nothing but wait restlessly for the as-yet-uncertain outcome of th[...]

Emmanuel Macron

I don't want a new wall. I can assure you, there will be no wall in my manifesto. We have European borders… and that is our real security.

Marine Le Pen

In reality, I defend the walls of our society.

Emmanuel Macron

I don't want a new wall. I can reassure you, there will be no wall in my manifesto. We have European borders… and that is our real security.

Emmanuel Macron

I am thinking about our British friends who chose to leave Europe (…) I am thinking about the withdrawal operated for several years by our American friends who may be deciding to abandon their historic mission, which is, by our side, to ensure peace[...]

Emmanuel Macron

"I don't want a new wall. I can reassure you, there will be no wall in my manifesto. We have European borders… and that is our real security,"

François Fillon

Hold the line. We'll get through this ordeal together and march on to victory.

Emmanuel Macron

"Let me reassure you, there will be no wall in my programme. But we have European borders, and that is our real security,"

Marc Chabannas

I think he's the most honest candidate.

Emmanuel Macron

They don't speak in the name of the people, they speak in the name of their bitterness, they speak for themselves, from father to daughter and daughter to niece. They betray liberty by shrinking our horizons, they betray equality by stating that som[...]

Marc Chabannas

Today, I expect clear proposals, pledges that come closer to a more precise manifesto.

Walter Fraudin

He does what he says. If you're on a battlefield you'll follow him. ... Marine Le Pen, I would follow her.

Georges Fenech

We need to change tactics, strategy. We're like the orchestra on the Titanic as it sinks.

François Fillon

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.

Roberto Magnatantini - SYZ Asset Management

The likely withdrawal of Mr Fillon from the presidential race not only eliminates a pragmatic pro-business candidate but also puts the whole traditional right in disarray and thus in a dismal position to face the election. The most obvious beneficia[...]

Phoebus Theologites

It reflects the increasing polarization of the election, namely the growing political and event risk. Not only has a far-left candidate won the primary for the Left despite wide expectations of a more moderate candidate coming through, but the far-r[...]

François Fillon

People are not seeking justice. They are seeking to destroy me, and beyond me to destroy the Right and steal an election.

Georges Fenech

"We need to change tactics, strategy,"

Alexander Gauland

It makes it easier for people who want to stop Islamic immigration that Trump says: 'You can do it'. If this policy works, and if Mr. Trump works with these goals, then it could be helpful in the next general election in Germany or the French presid[...]

François Fillon

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.

Georges Fenech

We're like the orchestra on the Titanic as it sinks. The only line of defence is the facts, not who started off the scandal.

Martin van Vliet - ING Group

The France spread to Belgium is the gauge we use for political risk, and that has widened further after an adviser to Le Pen fleshed out their Frexit plans. And with Fillon under the microscope as well, France is definitely underperforming.

Martin van Vliet - ING Group

"The France (bond yield) spread to Belgium is the gauge we use for political risk, and that has widened further after an adviser to Le Pen fleshed out their Frexit plans,"

Jan Randolph - IHS

The more recent widening of this spread is clearly linked to anxieties over the French Presidential elections in April and the appointment of radical-left winger Benoit Hamon two days ago, together with the possible emerging scandal associated with [...]

Yves-Marie Cann

These accusations are hitting at the load-bearing wall of his popularity.

François Fillon

I'm confident, I'm unfazed.

François Fillon

I am the victim of a smear campaign.

Antonin Levy

Francois Fillon had no constituency office while he was a member of parliament. That role was filled from their home, and in your view who is at home ... if there is no office? Penelope Fillon of course.

Antonin Levy

Working as a parliamentary assistant is not about writing up notes ... and summaries, it is also sometimes less tangible, less concrete but as real. It's being the person one trusts.

Francois Miquet-Marty - Viavoice

This is harming him both in his bid to get to the Elysee (presidential palace) and also for his calls for the French to agree to tighten their belts for the sake of the recovery of the French economy.

François Fillon

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, [...]

Francois Fillon

If we continue to try to destroy credible candidates in the presidential election, this is how it will end. I had no idea it would be so violent and drop that low.

Benoit Hamon

I am running for president so that France's heart will beat once again. Look at Germany, model country with full employment, where the jobless rate is five or six per cent. Nobody sees the poverty rate is 17 per cent. In reality, it's a tradeoff: jo[...]

Antonio Gramsci

The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.

Gerard Grunberg

We now know these two different Lefts cannot govern together. It will be harder than ever to cohabit. This is why it's true, we can say they have become irreconcilable.

Francoise Desenfants

I really don't mind, he spends the money (given to lawmakers) as he likes. And nothing's been proven.

Danielle Cambournac

They all do the same anyway, so why target him?

Penelope Fillon

I had no idea it would be so violent and drop that low.

Emmanuel Rivière - TNS Sofres

A runoff without Francois Fillon is no longer ruled out. What boosts Emmanuel Macron's momentum is above all Penelopegate.

Francois Fillon

Without the work my wife carried out I would not be where I am now.

Bruno Retailleau

Are we going to allow a fake scandal dictate the agenda of Francois Fillon, one of the best-placed candidates? No way.

Regis Juanico

It's a pity that it should bring discredit upon all the people who work here, MPs and their collaborators, especially when they work hard and they don't count their hours each week.

Benoit Hamon

MPs should no longer be allowed to hire their children, cousins, relatives or wives.

Benoit Hamon

We already had one with Vladimir Putin. Now we have a second one with Donald Trump, because he is reconsidering the most essential agreement, the COP 21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference). More than that he says he is hostile to European construction. [...]

Manuel Valls

Our spending is indeed already high. We accept expenditure on certain things because we have to protect people, care for them and educate them, but there's a problem of credibility. It's not just about making people dream, it's also about being cred[...]

Benoit Hamon

I've said clearly that I don't want to raise taxes because I accept that we have to give up on the dogma of public deficit 3 percent and – according to the recommendations of economists – give up on austerity fast.

Francois Fillon

I see the stink bomb season has started.

Manuel Valls

There is a difference between dreams and illusions, and a (political) programme's credibility. That's what interests me and that's what the French are going to make their decisions over.

Manuel Valls

You can't be the candidate of honesty and transparency and not respond.

Thierry Solere

It is common practice that the spouses of parliamentarians are their employees, on the left as well as on the right.

Ryan Myerberg - Janus Capital

(The Japanese) will probably go to Australia or the U.S. for the time being, and we are in the same boat. We will be very happy to stay like that until we get through the second round of the French election.

Philippe Gudin - Barclays

Our main conclusion for the presidential election is that the result seems to increase the chances of Emmanuel Macron, who is running as an independent, to qualify for the second round on 23 April.

Jonathan Fenby

Governing France is going to be very difficult, because you've got an election now which is really all over the place. You've got Francois Fillon, the old-fashioned conservative man who appeals to the provincial catholic conservative vote but is pro[...]

Jonathan Fenby

You've got Marine Le Pen steady on 28 percent for the first round but not really increasing that, and then you've got Macron coming up, you've got (Jean-Luc) Melenchon ? who is kind of hard left ? and if the socialists get a candidate they don't lik[...]

Jonathan Fenby

Certainly, Macron has been the man of this year so far. He's definitely the man on the wave.

Jonathan Fenby

But he hasn't got a party machine behind him, he's very dependent on pulling towards him a few well-known figures of the center-left.

Jonathan Fenby

In a sense Macron is not running for this election, he is running for the next presidential election.

Francois Fillon

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, whic[...]

Benoit Hamon

I think there is no chance for the left to win unless it can put forward a imaginative and powerful policy against a right that is full-on and an extreme right that is dangerous.

Manuel Valls

To all those voters who believe in the Left, do not despair, mobilise.

Benoit Hamon

Throughout this campaign, I have met French people all over France. The conviction that I've drawn from these many exchanges is that we have to finish with the old recipes, the old politics, the old solutions that no longer work.

Manuel Valls

A new campaign begins this evening. A very clear choice now appears before us and to you, my dear friends, between assured defeat and possible victory.

Hélène Rey

If we look at the recent polls it is true that Marine Le Pen has been polling first for the first round, but I will remind you that one of the very important characteristics of the French electoral system is that we have two rounds for the president[...]

Sergey Lavrov

A whole range of leaders of countries which are US allies openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Angela Merkel was actively doing that as well as François Hollande, Theresa May and other leaders of European states. Moreover, besides direct campaigni[...]

Henri de Castries - AXA Group

Francois Fillon has the best answers for the challenges we face: security, solidarity, competitiveness, education and innovation.

David Rachline

Francois Fillon in power would bring a terrible economic and social decline for families and middle-class and working-class French.

Sebastien Chenu

I'm just out of a meeting where we talked about our online viral campaigns and all the trips the candidate (Le Pen) will undertake, with one key theme per trip. We had one campaign ready for (Fillon's losing opponent Alain) Juppe and one for Fillon,[...]

François Fillon

The state should only be a shareholder in strategic companies.

Florian Philippot

For Marine Le Pen to make herself better known, as a woman, as a candidate, is certainly a key, because a presidential election is not only about a project but also about a person.

Charles Lichfield

But there's a brutality to his message which I think he hasn't managed to counter or alleviate and that's becoming a bit of a problem.

Charles Lichfield

The current simulated polls for the first round show any socialist candidate … getting a bad 10 percent.

Emmanuel Macron

The truth is that we must collectively recognise that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms. It has not provided Europe with full international sovereignty against the dollar on its rules. It has not provided Europe with a nat[...]

Francois Fillon

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[...]

Manuel Valls

The right's programme will punish the French people. It is an unbeatable recipe of division worse than this country has ever seen in recent decades.

Douglas Webber

The left wing vote will be split by at least three candidates; Melenchon on the extreme left, the socialist candidate Manuel Valls and more to the center-left if you like, Mr (Emmanuel) Macron. If the second round is between Fillon and Le Pen then p[...]

Tobias Levkovich - Citi

There are things we're going to have to worry about. What's the timing of the legislation? What happens to the dollar? Does the economy slow in Europe ahead of the French election?

Gaëtan Dussausaye

The failure of the right to do something and the failure of the left to change anything makes Marine Le Pen the person who represents change.

Florian Philippot

It's either deliberately fuzzy and he is hiding his real plan, which is to privatize the social security system ... or he is genuinely back-pedalling and that means we could, if Fillon is elected, be condemned to five years of immobility.

Marisol Touraine

He (Fillon) wants to calibrate reimbursement according to the level of sneezing.

François Fillon

Instead of looking at the facts, my detractors suspect me of wanting to 'privatise' health insurance and cut down on spending there. This is quite clearly not true.

Francois Fillon

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.

Marisol Touraine

He is trying purely and simply to confuse the French.

Manuel Valls

This is what France is about: social welfare, healthcare, aid for the most vulnerable, pensions -- the pillars of the social contract.

Manuel Valls

I propose a system of general public insurance focused on serious or long-term illnesses, with the rest privately insured.

Manuel Valls

Things can be reformed, new sources of financing found ... but you can't talk about the public service like that, eliminate 500,000 jobs, privatize social welfare, end reimbursement of healthcare costs for a whole list of illnesses.

Benoit Hamon

He has spent too much effort dividing the Left so he won't to be able to unite it in such a short time.

Dominique Moisi

The French election will be the crucial test for Europe. To counter Le Pen, Fillon may have to move to the center. He will have to put quite a bit of water in his traditionalist wine.

Xavier Ragot

What we need is a solid tax reform that makes things simple, let's have rates that everybody can understand and use other levers like public investment for economic policy.

Catherine Mann - OECD

(France should) use the window of opportunity for fiscal initiatives that have a key element not just of spending but also reducing taxes, altering the pension system and encouraging a structural change particularly in the labour market.

Francois Hollande

I think the biggest single risk event will be the French election, where in the event Marine Le Pen wins the election, I think people would be very nervous about what the implication of that would be for the euro zone going forward. The outcome of t[...]

Antonio Barroso

Regardless of which center-left candidate is nominated, the fragmentation of the center-left electoral offer means that former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is still the frontrunner to win next year's presidential election.

David Marsh

The French do not like Thatcherism, full stop. So Fillon is going down in history as being a man who goes into this election with a big block of concrete around one of his legs because they don't want that, they want more status, they want the Frenc[...]

Francois Fillon

This evening, the President of the Republic admits with lucidity, that his patent failure prevents him from going on further. This five-year term is ending in a political mess and the dissolving of power.

Francois Hollande

What's at stake is not a person, it's the country's future.

Francois Hollande

That's the choice of a statesman.

Francois Hollande

I will not let the image of France be spoiled ... in the coming months or the coming years.

Cosimo Marasciulo

In France, the [polling results] gap between Le Pen and Fillon is far wider than the outcomes of Brexit and the US presidential election. The closer you get to an event, the more investment opportunities there are.

Arnaud Montebourg

That would be the death of the Socialist Party.

François Fillon

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 coun[...]

Francois Hollande

I am speaking to you this evening to inform you of the decision I have taken in view of the forthcoming presidential election. I have decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election.

François Nicoullaud

We can't say that we know his policy, but what we do already know is Fillon's attitude, his state of mind towards the big questions raised in the Middle East. And it was felt that he had a fairly original position compared to that of the government [...]

David Rachline

Francois Fillon in power would bring a terrible economic and social decline for families and for middle-class and working-class French.

Sylvain Crepon

Part of the FN electorate wants more protection from the state. But there is a part of the FN electorate that is very right wing, traditionalist, and Fillon can encroach on that electorate.

Elga Bartsch - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

With the Italian referendum, the French presidential election and the German general election, we are essentially attempting a political triple jump in Europe. Matteo Renzi will likely lose the referendum on the constitution, but we don't expect tha[...]

Nicolas Sarkozy

I would like to say how much I am counting on him (Fillon) to help us in this battle, which is only just beginning.

Daniel Trum

This is probably a mixture of some cooling down after the strong moves last week, and also we have seen interest rates have come down globally, and that has weakened the dollar, just as the dollar strengthened with the rising rates the days before.

Stéphane Le Foll

To those who say there could be a primary election with the president and prime minister, I say there won't be a primary between the president and the prime minister.

Donald J. Trump

He has been able to achieve quite a clear majority in the primaries so he's now quite a strong candidate going into the elections next year.

Cherif Diallo

In life, you must sacrifice in order to obtain good results. The programme of Francois Fillon is radical as his adversaries say, but it's a necessity in order to get the country in order.

Alain Juppé

As I have committed to do, I offer, as of this evening, my support to François Fillon. I wish him all the best for the presidential campaign and victory next May.

François Fillon

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 whic[...]

Florian Philippot

It's a programme of chaos. It's impossible that this austerity cure does not trigger chaos.

François Fillon

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.

Florian Philippot

His project is so sharply different from ours, and it is such a harsh one, he cannot get a majority of voters to back him. For us, he's a great candidate (to face in the election).

Alain Juppé

I want to persuade the French that my reforms will not be penitence but represent a hope for improving the life of each person.

François Fillon

My enemy is the decline of France.

Alain Juppé

Staying together means giving Europe borders that are real, stable and controlled. By stable I mean: stop new (EU) enlargement. Obviously Turkey has no place as a member of the European Union, for a whole series of reasons. And borders must be contr[...]

François Fillon

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 internat[...]

Alain Juppé

Reform should not be a punishment but bring hope. The French social model exists, I want to consolidate it. We should not break it.

Steven Wieting - Citi Private Bank

Europe I would say, from next month throughout the coming year, the political calendar is really agonizing. ... On Dec. 4, you're not only going to have the Italian referendum but an Austrian election. Political cohesion in the euro zone is more imp[...]

Alain Juppé

I think it's the first time in a French election campaign that the Russian president has chosen his candidate. I saw it on the television yesterday and it surprised me somewhat.

François Fillon

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 Rus[...]

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

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.

Sacha Ghozlan

The UEJF wonders what period Francois Fillon is referring to when he says Jews refused to abide by the rules of the French republic, if it's not at the time of Vichy (the war-time government that collaborated with Nazi Germany) when Jews were forced[...]

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

There is a rise of fundamentalism in the Muslim community, fundamentalists are in the process of taking the Muslim community hostage.

Dmitry Peskov

They are the citizens of the Russian Federation. In this case, this is the main thing.

Stephen Szabo

The prospect of a Fillon presidency clearly is welcome in Berlin. If Le Pen loses and Renzi survives, Merkel will have a chance to shape European responses to Brexit, the refugee situation, the problems with the euro and Russia.

Alain Juppe

What we're seeing today is the reconstitution of team Fillon-Sarkozy that led us from 2007-2012. When you're prime minister for five years under one president, then you are obviously entirely accountable for what was done.

Patrick Lafarge

The French wanted to punish those who have legal issues. I think this was a big issue for Sarkozy and for Alain Juppe.

Nicolas Sarkozy

I see it as my duty to say frankly and clearly and loyally that, whatever my past disagreements with him,Francois Fillon appears to have best understood the challenges which France is facing. I will therefore vote for him in the second round of the [...]

François Fillon

I'm tagged with an [economically] liberal label in the same way one would paint crosses on the doors of lepers in the middle ages. But I'm just a pragmatist.

Nicolas Sarkozy

I hold Alain Juppé in high esteem, but I feel closer to Francois Fillon's political choices. I wish the best for France and for the person who will lead the country that I love.

Raphael Brun-Aguerre - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

I believe more than ever that the people of France need to come together to turn the page of a disastrous five-year term that has demeaned our country and to block from power the National Front which would lead us into the worst of adventures.

Raphael Brun-Aguerre - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

To some extent, we believe Fillon's lead introduces additional uncertainty when it comes to the presidential election.

Nicolas Sarkozy

It is now time for me to approach a life with more private passion and less public passion. Good luck to France.

Nicolas Sarkozy

It is time for me to attempt a life with more private passion and less public passion.

François Fillon

I can sense a surprise coming.

François Fillon

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 [...]

Alain Juppé

To succeed we need to come together and that's been the spirit of my whole campaign. Bring together the right and the centre of politics and that's why I'm asking you to go and vote en masse next Sunday.

François Fillon

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.

Graham Sharpe - William Hill

Having been hammered by political punters backing Jeremy Corbyn at 200/1 to be Labour leader, Donald Trump at 150/1 to be US President, Brexit and a Tory General Election victory both at 6/1, we're taking no chances this time round.

Gregory Claeys - Bruegel

He doesn't appeal to the right; he doesn't appeal to the left.

Benoist Apparu

He said, broadly - 'I am going to do politics differently, outside of political clans and parties'. And then the first thing he does is a purely political, calculated, electoral move, telling himself, I will try and falsify ... the result of the cen[...]

Sylvain Fort

He is in the process of finalising his decision. If he decides to be a candidate, he will announce it between now and a big rally on December 10. At this stage, he has not yet made a decision.

Sylvain Fort

At this stage, he has not yet made a decision.

Nicolas Sarkozy

If a little guy's family does not eat pork and the menu at the (school) canteen is a slice of ham and chips, well, he skips the ham and eats a double helping of chips. In a republic, it's the same rule and the same menu for everyone.

Alain Juppe

This attitude is suicidal. I want to bring everyone together, the right, the center, those who are disappointed with Hollande ... and those who are disappointed with the National Front.

François Fillon

[Tax on capital revenue] is 30 percent in Germany, it is 60 percent in France. How can we have French investors with those conditions?

François Fillon

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.

François Fillon

France needs a deep transformation.

Gael Sliman - Odoxa

Valls probably regrets not leaving the ship when he could have nine months ago. He would have been best-placed today to take up the baton, but Macron and Montebourg are now way ahead.

Nicolas Sarkozy

I believe France has many other important issues to deal with such as security, terrorism and unemployment, rather than recreate conditions for another hysterical debate.

Claude Bartolone

I'm asking myself questions about his desire (to stand). A hesitation is emerging. I have told him I am stupefied (by the book). There is a pressing need to explain whether he really wants to be a candidate.

Jean-Christophe Cambadelis

I still think he wants to stand, but he has not made the task any easier.

Alain Juppe

I don't know Mr Trump, but there's a question mark and a big worry. His total ignorance of Europe, his disdain for France, his isolationist and protectionist points of view, his outrageous simplifications, his constant changes of tack, are a real co[...]

Jonathan Fenby

(The candidates) are all 'former something' -- 'former prime minister' or 'former this or that.' Sarkozy is trying a comeback and the paradox is that most of the French voters are rejecting the old establishment. But Juppe, who appears to be the fro[...]

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

What Mr. Wilders shares in common with Mr. Trump, Mr. (Viktor) Orban, Mr. (Milos) Zeman, Mr. (Nobert) Hofer, Mr. (Robert) Fico, Madame (Marine) Le Pen, Mr. Farage, he also shares with Da'esh (ISIS).

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu - Solvay

France needs to do a significant amount of reforms, we have not done enough.

Pierre Gattaz

We want these candidates to have a vision of France for the next 10 years then to tell us that the most important thing is to have a business community and business-friendly country. Then they need to tell us the three, four, five most important ref[...]

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu - Solvay

In the previous presidential campaign, the subject of reforms was not at the heart of discussions and I hope this campaign will create opportunities for candidates to explain what they want to do in terms of reforms. If you are elected after a campa[...]

Pierre Gattaz

He knows business and this is a fundamental asset. Business is so important for the economy and growth.