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Brigitte Macron
I'm very happy that women are speaking out. It could be a cloud with a silver lining. That's enough. I think that all this (harassment) must stop very quickly. Freeing up speech is the best thing that could happen. (The women who speak out) are very brave to do so. I urge them to break their silence. It's wonderful. Something is happening, really.feedback
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Oct 17 2017
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All quotes about French election 2017

Emmanuel Macron

France is a country of regicidal monarchists. It is a paradox: the French want to elect a king, but they would like to be able to overthrow him whenever they want.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I think the right debate to have is to say that it's not a good idea at EU level to put the glyphosate issue to one side for another 10 years.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I would like us to be able to bring together the conditions whereby we can have independent scientific expertise on each of these (environmental) subjects and that we have the same requirements at EU level. We have endured too much pressure in recent years on these questions, too many hidden interests and industry expertise that is in no way scientific expertise.feedback

Pierre-Marie Ganozzi

In the space of a few weeks, Macron has gone from being Jupiter to Thatcher without any warning.feedback

Frédéric Dabi

What is positive for Emmanuel Macron is that he is seen as facing down the street and implementing his programme.feedback

Chris Scicluna - Daiwa Capital Markets

Not least given his experience at the EIB, a Ministry of Finance under Werner Hoyer in particular might be expected to take forward in a constructive way some of the elements of euro area reform proposed by (French President Emmanuel) Macron, including selected budgetary initiatives.feedback

Brigitte Macron

So, yes, my daughter, the president, the president, his sweetheart… and the minister!feedback

Thomas Husson - Forrester Research

They (Eldim) certainly have a top-notch technology. Facial recognition is one of iPhone X's differentiating features.feedback

Nick Clegg

As countless EU leaders have said in private and in public – most recently [French] President Macron – there remains a route back for the UK into a reformed EU. This does not mean simply turning the clock back to the day before the referendum, but forging a new status for the UK in an outer circle of EU membership as the core countries proceed with deeper integration.feedback

Christophe Castaner

A president should be able… to use the words that we all use all the time. By saying 'wreaking the havoc' he [Macron] appealed to those who prevented GM&S employees from going to training centers.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

There are some who, rather than wreaking f****** havoc, would be better off seeking if they could get a job there because some of them have the right qualifications. Isn't this what many French people think? You don't scare me with your T-shirt. The best way of paying for a suit is to work.feedback

Constantin Bolz - UBS

After the French election, a lot of risk premium was priced out of Europe... but now we have another against-the-status-quo European vote, so for financial markets, political risks in Europe have increased. There will be a little bit of noise going through the week, but overall our expectation is that it will not have a dramatic, long-lasting impact.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want all of those deep reforms that our institutions seriously need to be done within a year. These reforms will go to parliament, but if needed, I will put them to voters via referendum.feedback

Foster Thompson

Macron told me that if I was to help him help the feds with their bank robbery case, then the murder case would disappear. I said, I didn't rob no bank' and he knew I didn't commit no murder. So there was nothing I could help him with.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

But I know her (German Chancellor Angela Merkel) answer will be neither withdrawal nor faint-heartedness. I know that just as every time her country has faced historical challenges she will have the same reaction: boldness and a sense of history, and this is what I am offering her.feedback

Bruno Le Maire

It's time to change our logic and way of thinking. It's time to have a budget that aggressively encourages growth and jobs.feedback

Michael Sapin

These tax measures will have a brutal and sudden effect on aggravating inequality we had managed to decrease.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

If in the years ahead, we don't have a significant price of carbon per ton to allow for a profound change in our economies, then it would be worthless. We must work toward that horizon. From today, we must organize ourselves and do it. It is indispensable.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

A budget can only go hand in hand with strong political leadership led by a common [finance] minister and a strong parliamentary supervision at the European level. We share the same European ambitions and I know her commitment to Europe. I'm proposing to Germany a new partnership. We will not agree on everything, not immediately, but we will discuss everything.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is not about the slogans but what lies behind them. I am talking about this with the French president.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In this union rebuilt on intransigent values and an efficient market, in a few years, if it so wishes, Britain could regain its place (in the EU), which is why you haven't heard me talk about Brexit this afternoon. Discussions are under way which don't define the future of Europe. But in this revamped, simplified European Union I don't rule that Britain could find its place.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We need much more investment and we need means of stabilization to confront economic shocks.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The majority the chancellor has accepted to build in the coming days and weeks will have to work with us for the next four years. I see this as an unprecedented opportunity. We won't agree on everything, at least not immediately, but we will discuss everything.feedback

Angela Merkel

I'm not going ruling everything out in advance. We can have more Europe, but it has to lead to more competitiveness, more jobs, and more effectiveness of the European Union. Besides, we have to talk with the FDP about it first anyway.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I won't let anyone in Europe, given what we are doing in France, to say it is not legitimate for France to make proposals.feedback

Lan Nguyen - Commerzbank

The euro has been appreciating since the French elections because of the push by Macron for fiscal union. There is some uncertainty (over that) in the market now against the background of the German elections.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Europe as we know it is too weak, too slow and too inefficient. But only Europe can give us the means to act on the world stage as we tackle the great challenges of the day.feedback

Pierre Gattaz

Since workers and employers pay in contributions for unemployment, I prefer that we keep it under our control.feedback

Michel Beaugas - Force Ouvrière

What we want is that the government leaves it to us to negotiate both unemployment benefits and professional training.feedback

Michel Beaugas - Force Ouvrière

We don't want this to become an attack on joint management because we think we have shown we can manage unemployment insurance.feedback

Wolfgang Bauer - M & G Investments

She might get challenged by French president Emmanuel Macron for the unofficial leadership role within the EU. If he is able to seize the moment, this would make Eurozone debt mutualisation and the creation of a European finance minister more likely, at least in the medium term. Merkel's rumoured plan to install Jens Weidmann, the current President of the Bundesbank, as new ECB President after Draghi's term ends in 2019, seems less realistic today. This increases the odds of a continuation of the ECB's expansive policy stance.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

What it means for Germany's stance on further euro zone integration is too early to tell. If the FDP will join a coalition, expect a much slower integration process and many cold showers for (French President Emmanuel) Macron.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

It's a clear cold shower for Macron. It means a very cumbersome process of further integration.feedback

Franziska Brantner

On Europe, the FDP is not so far from the AfD on some issues. If all of their ideas were implemented we would be plunged back into a euro zone crisis.feedback

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

It was on the streets that kings, Nazis, the Juppe plan were beaten. The battle of France has begun.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Is this agreement enough? No. It is not, given the evolution of the regional situation and increasing pressure that Iran is exerting on the region, and given increased activity by Iran on the ballistic level since the accord. I don't think this Iran deal, this nuclear deal with Iran, is (the be-all and end-all) of everything to do with Iran. If President Trump considers it is not sufficient, I do agree with that.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Never has a reform of such magnitude been made since the beginning of the Fifth Republic. And never has a reform been made in so few months. This follows dozens of hours of parliamentary debate, about 80 hours and more than 300 hours of consultation with social partners to refound the philosophy of our labor law, its state of mind, with profound effects on employment, especially for younger and less skilled workers.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Thank you first for your expertise in translating the Olympic spirit into action by combining the two ambitions of the Paris 2024 candidacy and the Los Angeles 2028 candidacy. It required a lot of intelligence to do so and you did it. These 2024 Games will be the Games of all of France and all the French people, and the ambition of these Games will comply with the values that were presented to you: sustainable development, inclusiveness and transformation of sports in France.feedback

Kent Walker - Google

Removing all of this content within a few hours, or even stopping it from getting there in the first place, poses an enormous technological and scientific challenge that we continue to undertake. The haystacks here are unimaginably large, and the needles are both really small and constantly changing.feedback

Dorit Geva

I think the old National Front party will emerge, it's going to look more like the one we saw in the 1980s and 1990s. It's not good news for those who wish the party to be more electorally successful. Le Pen is certainly damaged by the events of the last six months. I think her political future in the party is unclear.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I proposed that we initiate the work of a contact group at P5 level [Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia], which has been done, and we will widen it to represent the political forces in Syria and the regional powers without Iran. The United Nations Secretary General and France will play the role of mediator for Iran so that we have a parallel negotiation, but that will enable us to include Iran in the process.feedback

Paolo Gentiloni

We have a real battlefield for hearts and minds and (it) is the web.feedback

Theresa May

The tech companies have made significant progress on this issue, but we need to go further and faster to reduce the time it takes to remove terrorist content online.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

This is what must be done. In one hour the content must be identified, analysed and withdrawn to avoid it being broadcast widely. Experience shows that this is possible.feedback

Alison Johnston

The biggest asset Macron has right now is time. He is at the start of a long five-year presidential term, so if he can push these labor market reforms through quickly and if they manage to make a dent in France's unemployment rate … he could ride out current opposition now and capitalize on potential beneficial effects later.feedback

Alison Johnston

Union collective bargaining covers over 95 percent of the labor force. If small businesses are free to negotiate contracts with their employees individually, this will cut out the influence of the unions on their employment contracts. Macron has largely proven unwilling to negotiate, and he is burning goodwill with unions in the process. This may come back to haunt him four years from now.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Let's be honest, the tensions are on the rise, look at the activities of Hezbollah and Iran's pressure on Syria. We need a clear framework to be able to reassure regional countries and the United States.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The process in Geneva has stopped and there is only the Astana process which will lead to tensions between the participants because it is a process that is a mechanical partition of Syria.feedback

Nicolas Lebourg

Marine Le Pen has been having a hard time accepting that the National Front is at the right of the political spectrum.feedback

Nicolas Lebourg

But those same right-wing voters in France are closer to the identity politics of Marine Le Pen, so she might want the party to go this way.feedback

Florian Philippot

I saw how things were developing negatively these past weeks, that maybe I wouldn't have a place in the project (of Marine Le Pen for a renewal of the party) and thus they needed a pretext.feedback

Brigitte Macron

I have never told anyone for whom I vote, and will never tell anyone. The ballot box is the ballot box! Love is part of my life and my balance. I do believe you don't build something great and you don't behave properly if you are not balanced as a strong couple. I've been with my wife for a decade now, and she is part of me.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen. It was two hours on the button, and it was military might and, I think, a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France. To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I will not budge on the Paris accord terms. I deplore the U.S. decision, and I continue dialogue with President Trump because I am convinced that in the end he will see that it is in the interest of Americans to be a part of the Paris climate pact.feedback

Donald J. Trump

T was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen. It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France. And people don't know what great warriors they are in France, but when you see that and you see all the victories, it was a tremendous thing. And to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I am attached to a strict approach to Brexit: I respect the British vote but the worst thing would be a sort of weak EU vis-a-vis the British.feedback

Mike Lee

The election of Emmanuel Macron was good news for our bid.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Pylons have been knocked down. The damage is unprecedented.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We will be extremely vigilant on this subject given what has happened, which is unacceptable.feedback

Philippe Martinez

The president should listen to the people, understand them, rather than cause divisions.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I am fully determined and I won't cede any ground, not to slackers, nor cynics, nor hardliners. We cannot move forward if we don't tell it like it is.feedback

Philippe Martinez

Who is the president referring to when he says he won't give an inch to slackers? To the millions without a job or in a vulnerable position?feedback

Klaus Regling

I sometimes hear that people on the continent want to penalize the U.K. That's also not true. There are clear interests on both sides and I think the remaining EU members do not want to compromise on their core principles. President Macron has mentioned the European Monetary Fund probably more often than the German government. So on that point I see probably a pretty easy consensus emerging soon.feedback

Alain Cure

If Macron passes the reforms, then he will have more powers to pass further reforms.feedback

Kenny Jacobs

Enough is enough. If the French Government is serious about changing France, they should start by tackling these air traffic control unions, and together with the European Commission, should take immediate action to prevent thousands of European consumers from having their travel plans disrupted by a tiny group of ATC unions going on strike once again. They cannot stand idly by as more disruption and travel misery is inflicted upon Europe's consumers and airlines.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The presence of the IMF was a symptom of the lack of trust between European states, between European institutions and the member states.feedback

Patrick Pouyanne - Total

We expect ratification of the agreement by Greece's parliament by the end of the year to start work.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Today in Europe, sovereignty and democracy are under threat. We must not be scared, of this extreme ambition.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Investors are realizing that, after many years of recession, trust is returning.feedback

Michael Fuchs

(Merkel) wants to work together with (French President Emmanuel) Macron but also with all others in Europe who want to safeguard the European idea because at the moment we do have a problem with Brexit. We don't want to have another example of Brexit … So we have to work on Europe (and) Angela Merkel is the right person to do so.feedback

Zadie Smith

I explained it to her in these terms: you are wasting time. Your brother is not going to waste any time doing this. Every day of his life he will put a shirt on, he's out the door and he doesn't give a shit if you waste an hour and a half doing your make-up.feedback

Graham Secker - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

People's expectations were already elevated, and the (earnings) data didn't lead people to raise their numbers any further. Europe looked tactically really quite overbought after the French election so you've already priced in quite a lot.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The reform of the labour market is a reform of profound transformation.feedback

Philippe Martinez

All studies show that there is no relationship between collective rights and the fight against unemployment.feedback

Édouard Philippe

Of course, we know that labour laws are not the primary cause of unemployment in France. But we also know that if we want to move forward on the question of employment, we have to deal with all aspects, all causes of unemployment together.feedback

Édouard Philippe

France is a state governed by the rule of law, with social protections, and this will remain so because it is in our nature and our history. But we also have to take into account our situation and the state our country finds itself in, and one thing that characterises today's France is decades of mass unemployment.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We are the only major economy in the European Union that has not defeated mass unemployment for more than three decades. I'm going to have to live for months with the impatience of the people. I'm going to have to think about changing tack, explain where we're going and what kind of France we want to build. I need to act profoundly, without giving in on anything. The French will be ready to believe again when the results are there.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

My wish isn't for this to be easy, but for it to be effective. The reform of the labor market is a reform of deep transformation.feedback

Nathalie Loiseau

Of course when you come and say 'Well we have to spend less money and we have to balance our budget,' this is not the most popular moment in your political mandate but the sooner the better.feedback

Pierre Gattaz

We have to do that (labor reform). I hope Emmanuel Macron will not fail to do that. With these reforms people will have the willingness to engage in more investment, in more jobs.feedback

Laurent Berger - Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail

We are disappointed and we have made that disappointment known to the prime minister … Our one aim is to improve the situation of workers … a company is not a proprietorial but a collective entity in which the voice of the worker must be heard. We will not be in the streets on 12 September, we will find our own way of being heard.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The principal victims of our impotence of the past 30 years faced with mass unemployment are the young and the less qualified.feedback

Édouard Philippe

Despite the urgency of the situation we have listened to and respected and discussed [the reforms] with the unions and employers' organisations.feedback

Jean-Claude Mailly - Force Ouvrière

I think that we did our job as pragmatic unionists, which is to say that we discuss things point by point, and then in the end we will position ourselves on what is O.K. and what isn't O.K. And I am sure that there will be some of both.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

This is a revamp that we need. Brexit should not take up all our energy.feedback

Angela Merkel

LOOK BEYOND OUR OWN BACKYARD. Europe has not yet done its homework. We will only be able to live in prosperity and security if we look beyond our own backyard and take into account the economic development of our neighbourhood. I would like to have better ties with Turkey but we have to look at reality... This is a very complicated phase in our relations. ...The rule of law in Poland - that's a serious issue because the requirements for cooperation within the European Union are the principles of the rule of law.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

The new French leader was seen as being key to the EU, but instead he has been scapegoating it in order to deflect criticism away from himself. When he came to office, Emmanuel Macron was claimed as the poster child for European political liberalism, saving the day against the forces of extremism and populism. “Europe’s saviour?” was a common headline.feedback

Rumen Radev

It is important that changes are made in a way that unites rather than divides Europe.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Poland is not defining Europe's future today and nor will it define the Europe of tomorrow.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In no way will the decision by a country that has decided to isolate itself in the workings of Europe jeopardize the finding of an ambitious compromise.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Poland today is not a country that can show Europe the way, it's a country that has decided to go against European interests in many areas. The country is placing itself on the margins of Europe's future history. I think the Polish prime minister has once again made a strategic error. The Polish people deserve better than this. The prime minister will have a tough time explaining why it is good to pay Polish people bad wages in Poland and elsewhere in Europe.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Polish people deserve better. Europe is a region created on the basis of values, a relationship with democracy and public freedoms which Poland is today in conflict with. I am convinced that the Polish people deserve better than this, and I think the prime minister and her government will find it quite difficult to explain why it's good for the Polish people to pay Polish workers badly in Poland or the rest of Europe.feedback

Witold Waszczykowski

Consequently, instead of compelling the French economy to compete with other countries' economies, President Macron has devised a way to limit our ability to operate in the common European market.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The reality is that France is the only European economic power that hasn't won the war against mass unemployment.feedback

Philippe Theveniaud

There are people who believed in Macron because he was presented as a new product. The mask has fallen: Macron is continuity of the policies we have known for years.feedback

Raquel Garrido

Good luck Brigitte Macron and one question: what does she think about the fact that MP's other halves have been blacklisted from the National Assembly?feedback

Brigitte Macron

Like all of those before me, I will take on my public role, but the French people will know the resources at my disposal. We'll post my meetings and my commitments on the presidency website, so that the French people know exactly what I'm doing. What's important is that it is clear.feedback

Brigitte Macron

With Emmanuel, I am very used to extraordinary things happening to me and I always wonder what the next adventure will be. And this has lasted 20 years. When I read things about us as a couple, I always feel like I'm reading someone else's story. But our story is so simple.feedback

Brigitte Macron

The evening of the second election round. Many believed that after the first round we thought it was already won. Wrong. We never thought that. Especially since I'm not for anticipation, for me, a thing exists only when it arrives, not before.feedback

Brigitte Macron

When I read things about our couple, I always have the feeling I'm reading someone else's. Yet our story is so simple. With Emmanuel, I've truly gotten used to the extraordinary things that happen to me that I always wonder what will be the next adventure. And it has been going on for twenty years.feedback

David Davis

The simple truth is we want to come out of this better but they (the Europeans) want to come out of it better too. There was a terror early on that we would be the first of many countries breaking off. After the victory of (President) Macron in France, that terror is reduced. They are no longer quite so afraid so the punishment battalion side is now reducing.feedback

James Thompson

Since the Le Pen defeat, concerns about that have collapsed. Of the eight top risk categories…populism is basically at the bottom.feedback

Philippe Besson

She is much more of a non-conformist than her husband and often makes self-deprecating jokes.feedback

David Lees

He campaigned on the idea of trying to slim down the French state, trying to ultimately make it more competitive. These things are going to prove unpopular because they will mean a big shakeup of the way France does business.feedback

David Lees

I don't think he won because of his program–in fact, in many ways he probably won in spite of his program. He is trying to do things which disrupt that status quo, and that will in turn make him even more unpopular.feedback

Christophe Castaner

Brigitte Macron has a role and responsibilities. We are looking to be transparent and to outline the means she has at her disposal. She receives more than 200 letters a day... and keeps a link with the French public with the greatest discretion. No modification of the constitution, no new funding, no salary for Brigitte Macron. Stop the hypocrisy!feedback

Christophe Castaner

We are not talking about a job; we're just talking about her status. A job is remunerated. The wife of the president of the republic receives no remuneration and will receive no remuneration for her action, even though she is continually present at her husband's side. This is just a question of transparency.feedback

Gerard Grunberg

The problem with a very presidentialized system is that the president takes everything on his shoulders, and he pays the price. Discontent fixes itself very quickly on the president. It's even more for Macron because he's had this image of being the providential man. So that at the first disappointment, it all shrinks very quickly. He's sufficiently overturned the system that there is not much in front of him. Within the system, the position of Macron is very strong. There is no leader on the right or the left. So you have got to put all this in perspective.feedback