French Presidential Debate

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His centrism is nothing more than a more economically liberal right, more respectful of human rights, more polished, less vulgar.feedback
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May 05 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about French Presidential Debate. 41 people are quoted and you can read 91 citations of them about French Presidential Debate. Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Barack Obama, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Emmanuel Macron said: “We will reduce the corporate tax rate to the European average of 25%”.
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Emmanuel Macron

We will reduce the corporate tax rate to the European average of 25%.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Globalization is a tough fight because everyone does not always respect the rules, a fight that takes into account the size of the competitors will not win alone. We will therefore make the protection of industry a major focus of the reinvention of the European Union.feedback

Marine Le Pen

The French are not Islamophobic, but radical Islam is scary.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I want to bring the E.U. to its knees, and if it won't submit, you will bring it to its knees through your determination and through the referendum.feedback

Valérie Igounet

It was transformed into a fight, not a debate. The way she spoke was pretty unsettling. I was astonished, too. She was so aggressive.feedback

Marc Lazar

Maybe she wanted to reassure her electorate, or maybe she was just showing her true nature. She has wanted to show that she has 'undemonized' the party. But in the end, she just proved that she is her father's daughter. I think there were a lot of people who were surprised, because they thought she had really changed.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I hope we won't find out that you have an offshore account in the Bahamas. I hope so... No, no, I said 'I hope.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I have always wanted to return to public life. So when I spent nearly four years in the private sector and because I have some foresight, I made sure I had no conflict of interest and no practices of this kind at all, because I always said to myself that I wouldn't know how to explain it to our fellow citizens. So I've never had such an account.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I asked him the question, I don't want us to discover… I asked him the question 'are we going to discover certain things maybe too late, which concern Emmanuel Macron?' because there is one thing for sure….feedback

Barack Obama

He put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world, and he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people's hopes, and not their fears. Because of how important this election is I also want you to know that I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward. En Marche! Vive la France!feedback

Emmanuel Macron

There's one thing I'm embarrassed about. Not only am I a new candidate but there are no open judicial cases against me.feedback

Dov H. Levin

My guess is that Macron found that Obama, even as a former president, still has enough cachet, enough influence with French voters to make it worth asking for his endorsement.feedback

Gaelle Vincent

People think little villages like us vote National Front because we don't like Arabs and are racist. We're not racist. We have to preserve our land and our values.feedback

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

I would not be surprised if markets open higher and go down at lunchtime, I would not be surprised if everything ends the day in red.feedback

Barack Obama

I think it's fair to say that maybe [at] some point down the line there might be a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement, but it's not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done. The U.K. is going to be in the back of queue.feedback

Marine Le Pen

That's the France you want. In any case, France will be led by a woman: Either me or Mrs. Merkel.feedback

Mitul Kotecha - Barclays

I think markets have largely already priced in a Macron win.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The trap they're setting for us, the one that you're proposing, is civil war. What the terrorists expect is division among ourselves. What the terrorists expect is heinous speech.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I'm sorry, Madame Le Pen; France deserves better than you. What class!feedback

Barack Obama

I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run. He has stood up for liberal values; he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world; and he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people's hopes, and not their fears. I'm not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don't have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about. Because the success of France matters to the entire world.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I'm not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don't have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about.feedback

Craig Erlam

While Le Pen was widely seen as being better suited to the event, it is Macron that is believed to have fared better in the scathing encounter, helping to protect his substantial lead in the process and ease concerns about a late surge by the National Front leader.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

Imitating Trump’s tactics may have backfired for Le Pen, with polls showing Macron coming out on top – but rational debate took a hiding in the process. Marine Le Pen tried to imitate some of Donald Trump’s antics during Wednesday night’s TV debates. She managed to channel his aggressiveness, contempt for facts, provocations, rabid boastfulness and bouts of unleashed absurdity. But, unlike Trump, Le Pen won’t be elected president this Sunday.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I've never had an account in any tax haven. Le Pen is behind this. She has an internet army mobilizing.feedback

Sylvain Fort

Emmanuel Macron is the target of a carefully orchestrated attempt to destabilize him 48 hours before the end of the campaign.feedback

Chris Williamson - Markit

The encouraging picture from the survey data is likely to help raise many forecasters' expectations of euro zone economic growth in 2017, and will also no doubt add to speculation that ECB rhetoric will turn increasingly hawkish.feedback

Jessica Reed

I’m voting for Emmanuel Macron to keep Marine Le Pen out of the Elysée Palace. My cousin, a socialist, is abstaining. Can she convince me she’s justified?• Lisez cet article en français ici.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Your strategy is simply to say a lot of lies and say everything that is wrong in the country. But you are not proposing anything.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Either way France will be led by a woman; either me or Madame Merkel. We have no reason to be in a cold war with Russia. You're interrupting me about every 10 seconds. I sense you're a bit exasperated.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

You are the heiress of a name, of a political party, of a system that has prospered for years and years on the back of French people's anger. 40 years of Le Pens. For 40 years in this country, we have had Le Pens as candidates in the presidential election. In the face of the spirit of defeat, I carry a spirit of French conquest. France has always succeeded in the world, its language is spoken on every continent…. That's what gives its strength; it radiates everywhere.feedback

Marine Le Pen

You have no plan (on security) but you are indulgent with Islamist fundamentalism. The euro is the currency of bankers, not that of the people.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Who has been manipulating deep fear from the start? It is you. Who is playing with the fears of our fellow citizens on terrorism etc? It is you! Deep fear, the high priestess of fear, she is opposite me!feedback

Marine Le Pen

We must immediately expel foreigners on our territory who are listed as potential threats to state security – all those foreigners with a link with Islamist fundamentalism. Out! Out! We will withdraw citizenship from all those with dual nationality. It is the reason why we need to tear ourselves away from this currency.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I know you oppose that. But you are in favour of all lax proposals and against all those that take a firm stance. And once deprived of their nationality, they will also be sent back to their countries.feedback

Marine Le Pen

You have no plan [on security] but you are indulgent with Islamist fundamentalism. Mr Macron is the candidate of globalisation gone wild, of Uberisation, of precariousness, of social brutality, of war by everybody against everybody ... of the butchering of France by big economic interests.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The Contract for Difference has already been accepted by the European Commission, so therefore this mechanism does not pose a problem from a legal point of view.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Your project consists of telling the French people, This person is horrible.' It's to cast dirt. It's to lead a campaign of lies and falsifications. Your project lives off fear and lies. That's what sustains you. That's what sustained your father for decades. That's what nourished the extreme right and that is what created you. You are its parasite.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

What you are proposing is snake oil. I will lead a fight against Islamist terrorism at every level. But what they are wanting, the trap they are holding out for us, is the one that you offer - civil war. Your strategy is simply to tell a lot of lies and just to say what isn't going right in the country.feedback

Marine Le Pen

You won't do that. Either way France will be led by a woman; either me or Madame Merkel.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I guess Zidane has plenty of financial capital, which is why he wants Macron to win the elections, and keep hold of the riches he has obtained thanks to his talent.feedback

Sylvain Fort

We will respect the trajectory laid out by the energy transition law.feedback

Charles Lichfield

I found her comments strange because, by saying that, she essentially admitted her policies would cause that kind of turmoil.feedback

Charles Lichfield

The next test will be tonight at the televised presidential debate, in which Macron has a lot more to lose.feedback

Peter Fertig

There is a clear lead by Macron ... so there is less need to hold gold.feedback

Marine Le Pen

My dear compatriots, I'm not interested in your race, your origin, your sexual orientation, . What interests me is your happiness. And that did hurt me, because I am a daughter.feedback

Philippe Peninque

Le Pen is a man of the 19th century. And Marine is a woman thoroughly of her time. She's got the French national heritage stapled to her being, but modernized.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want to get down to hand to hand combat, to get to the bottom of issues to show that her ideas are false solutions. I will not go for insults or shortcuts…I listened to Ms Le Pen yesterday; that's all she does.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I shall be defending my ideas. He will be defending the posture that he has adopted.feedback

Marine Le Pen

The euro has protected no one; quite the contrary. The euro has been a dead weight for prices, a dead weight for jobs, a dead weight for the competitiveness of our businesses and it would be much simpler to kick-start the economy without this common currency. I am convinced there won't be any banking crisis. If there's a run on banks, we could very well imagine such a solution for a few days, but I'm telling you it won't happen.feedback

Stephen Innes

Guys just want to see the final outcome and I think they are going to go into euro and I think primarily euro/yen... that's going to be their favourite trade.feedback

Jean-Yves Camus

What Menard does in Béziers–particularly on immigration, the French identity, and how he behaves with his opponents–shows what the obsessions of the National Front are. Béziers is like a testing ground for what the policies of the National Front would be if Marine Le Pen were elected.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I think I'm best placed to talk to this new world that's emerging, to talk to the Russia of Putin, to the United States of Trump, to talk to the Britain of (Prime Minister Theresa) May...to talk to the India of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. So, I feel much more in line with their political philosophy than with (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel's. It's true his comments were worthy of criticism but they were private comments – what's most important is the policies he implements. I don't think that he's implementing policies which aim to roll back the rights of women.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I am not going to employ invective. I am not going to use cliches or insults. I'll use hand-to-hand fighting to demonstrate that her ideas represent false solutions.feedback

Marine Le Pen

If Mr Macron doesn't feel comfortable he can always ask [President] François Hollande to come and hold his hand, I won't stand in his way.feedback

Gilles Lebreton

If the new Assembly is hostile to us, we would change the electoral law via a referendum organised as soon as next summer, then the president would dissolve the National Assembly.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We all know who Le Pen's allies are: the regimes of (Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor) Orban, Kaczynski, Putin. These aren't regimes with an open and free democracy. Every day they break many democratic freedoms. I want a massive increase in anti-dumping taxes when we face attacks from outside (the EU).feedback

Emmanuel Macron

You know the friends and allies of Mrs. Le Pen. These are the regimes of Orban, Kaczynski and Putin. They are not open and free democracies. Every day, freedoms and rules are violated there along with our principles.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

The National Front cannot be allowed to stumble into the Élysée due to our misguided tactical indifference. I refuse to be part of a generation of European progressives who could have stopped Marine Le Pen from winning France's presidency but didn't. It is nothing less than scandalous for any progressive to keep an equal distance from Le Pen and Macron.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I totally own this wink. If you find that everything is going well, if you want nothing to change, if you consider that the tax rate is correct, that the massive immigration we're receiving is a cultural, social and economic opportunity – what Macron believes in– then vote for him. If you consider that what you have lived through for five years is hell, that it is tax hell, economic hell, hell of the unfair international competition, hell of massive immigration, hell of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, hell of insecurity, so you have to vote for me.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Patriots from different currents can now gather to defend their country. We now form a big patriot and Republican alliance.feedback

Jean-Yves Camus

Dupont-Aignan's agreement with National Front will have a marginal impact on the vote, because he was very much isolated from the mainstream Conservative right already.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Don't boo her, fight her! Go and convince (others), make her lose next Sunday.feedback

Louis Aliot

I think with part of the right, we have exactly the same vision on the national identity and independence.feedback

Charles Michel

It was a moment for sharing our commitments on Europe. In the coming months, we're going to have to relaunch the European project ... and for that we will need partners. We are the Erasmus generation.feedback

Radoslaw Sikorski

Just stop breaking the constitution, stop the politicization of the public media, stop the attempts to politicize the judiciary and then you will not get such comments, because, unfortunately, they reflect the reality.feedback

Nicolas Bay

It shows that Marine Le Pen is not sectarian, and that when one of her opponents, in this case from the first round, speaks well about France, she can borrow his comments.feedback

Paul-Marie Coûteaux

It is good (and significant) that Marine Le Pen and François Fillon, expressing themselves on France's universal calling, do so with the same terms. These terms, of a Gaullist inspiration, are those of my work 'Europe's Road to War.feedback

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