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Alex Gill - IHS
One of the key points from the latest survey was the sharpest rise in employment for over ten years, buoyed by a combination of strong domestic and foreign demand and labour law reforms.feedback
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Oct 24 2017
Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Donald J. Trump, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about French Election Results. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 412 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 982 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Emmanuel Macron is: “Europe is moving forward, I salute the ambitious agreement on posted workers: more protection, less fraud.”.
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Leo Varadkar

There wasn't anything new on the financial solution. That's still ongoing. Prime Minister May has indicated that no European state should have to pay more or receive less than would have been the case had they not been leaving, that they would honour their existing commitments.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

There is one negotiator on the British side under the political authority of Theresa May. At no moment has Theresa May ever raised a 'no deal' as an option. If there are noises, bluff, false information by secondary actors or spectators to this discussion, that is … just life in these matters, or in the media. But in no case is it part of the discussions. It's not about making concessions. I would say we are far from having reached the necessary financial commitments before we can open phase two [of the talks]. We are not halfway there.feedback

David Lees

He's been elected and he's on a mandate to introduce meaningful economic reform, and that reform is going to be unpopular. If he wants to achieve that kind of reform, then ultimately he will have to be unpopular, and therefore I doubt very much he will be changing tact in any real way.feedback

Benoît Dillet

[It] hasn't signaled any particular turn in the presidency, just the fact that he wanted to be a little more in the media and do some publicity for his policies.feedback

Brigitte Macron

I think that all this (harassment) must stop very quickly. Freeing up speech is the best thing that could happen. (Those who speak out) are very brave to do so. I urge them to break their silence. It's wonderful. Something is happening, really.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We (EU) are too slow to provide an adequate and fully coordinated response to the threat. France, along with the United Kingdom, has taken the initiative in the fight against jihadist propaganda on the internet and we will maintain this pressure, we will increase it vis-à-vis the main operators (Internet) but that I consider insufficient.feedback

Marlène Schiappa

The point is that the whole of society has to redefine what it will accept and what it will not. Voices are being heard, in France as in other parts of the world. Society is ready to reject this violence. There is a desire to act.feedback

Marlène Schiappa

The important thing is that there is no debate about consent when it comes to children. So no one can say it is their fault. Because it is never their fault.feedback

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

Boris Johnson

It's ready for the great ship to go down the slipway and onto the open sea and for us to start some serious conversations about the future and the deep and special relationship we hope to construct.feedback

Markus Keschmann

Sebastian Kurz tried to position himself as bridge to both 'worlds': the world of the traditional ÖVP, taking advantage of the financial and structural assets, and the world of a new movement, as we know it from Emmanuel Macron in France offering new forms of participation. The brand 'Sebastian Kurz' is stronger than the brand 'ÖVP,' and is able to reach more voters than the old ÖVP could.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

He wants to make things tougher with Iran... I explained to him that for me that is a bad method. Look at the Korea situation. We broke off all negotiations with Korea. What is the result? A few years later we have a country that is about to have a nuclear weapon. The US is our ally.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I wasn't trying to humiliate. ... I take full responsibility for what was said.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We're here. France is back. The important thing is to talk. It's not the women who should be ashamed, it's the men.feedback

Jürgen Kaube - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

To many, Europe is only a word or a collection of administrative fiats and court rulings – and it is expensive.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Since 2005, when the French and the Dutch voted no on a constitution for Europe, nobody has developed a real project for the E.U.feedback

Boris Johnson

Let's give them that reassurance, let's give a tiger in the tank, lets get these conversations going and stop letting the grass grow under our feet. So we hope our partners will take that message and begin some serious negotiations.feedback

Boris Johnson

I think that will work very much in the interests of both sides. People say to me: 'Look we want to reassure the 3.2 million EU nationals in the UK and one-and-a-bit million UK nationals in the EU' and so do we. We have made a very good offer. We have made a very fair ... We think it is a reasonable point of view that we are outlining.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

He wants to toughen up with Iran, that is what he declared on Friday. I told him that it was, in my opinion, a bad way of doing things because we have to look at Korea, we broke off talks with Korea. What is the outcome? We are waking up some years later with a Korea that is about to have a nuclear weapon.feedback

Sean Callow - Westpac Banking

The euro's dismal price action after Friday's low U.S. inflation data hinted strongly that investors are in no mood to assume the best in euro zone politics. There is a lot of interest in whether Spain might be coming apart at the seams and whether Austria will now be a spoiler for any new Merkel-Macron projects.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I constantly talk to the American president, because it's my duty. It's the right way to do it because he is the head of the top power so it's necessary to anchor him to this partnership and multilateralism. We must be more stringent with Iran on its ballistic activity, the missiles it shoots and which are not nuclear and Iran's action in the region.feedback

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

Sameer Samana

Our client base has a rotating list of things they are concerned about. Early in the year it was U.S. politics, then French elections, then North Korea. There's almost always something on the front page that has implications for investor portfolios. Either you are avoiding all the major large developed markets and trying to find idiosyncratic exposure, or just embrace it as an investor and stick to a plan.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

Juergen Boos

In times when poisonous narratives have become popular and the spreading of fear and hatred have once again become socially acceptable, we liberal, democratically minded bibliophiles must respond with attractive counterarguments. The Frankfurter Buchmesse brings together people who represent a range of diverse opinions. It is, therefore, very well suited as a venue for passionate discussions and debates.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Identity of language lives through the confrontations with other languages.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

Angela Merkel

History shows that in order to further develop Europe, we need impulses from Germany and France.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

Emmanuel Macron

For Europe we need a vision and a screwdriver. Unfortunately, we currently have a lot of screwdrivers but we are still lacking a vision.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Germany never asked to be Europe's indispensable nation. Circumstances forced it in into that role.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

We plead for the recognition of the Kurds' rights within the constitution. There is a way, a way of respecting peoples' rights, political inclusion but also that allows the preservation of the established constitutional frame, stability and the territorial integrity of Iraq.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

This constitution brings together all Iraqis. Our fellow citizens who are Kurds also voted for this constitution. Separatism does not figure in this constitution and it is not acceptable.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 hail the Operation Sentinelle soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Today we're all convinced Europe must move ahead faster and stronger, for more sovereignty, more unity and more democracy.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Even though some may think it is a kind of a Eurovision contest, and perhaps it is, I am personally convinced that together, we will make good use of it, if we sing unisono.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

Theresa May

With the largest defence budget in Europe, a far-reaching diplomatic network, world-class security, intelligence and law enforcement services, and our position at the heart of NATO, the UK's role in Europe's defence has never been more vital. As we prepare for Brexit, I want to build a bold, new security partnership with the EU. A partnership that reflects our shared history, promotes our common values, and maintains a secure and prosperous Europe. That will guarantee the security and stability of the continent for generations to come.feedback

Mark Rutte

You're starting with the end point ... There is a discussion about a European finance minister -- but no one has told me what he would do.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

Mark Macron

I talked to Staley about it. He didn't want to speak with Abe George.feedback

Mark Macron

There was plenty of ballistic evidence. There's nothing to hide here. If credible evidence comes out questioning the conviction, it should be reviewed. But just because people are making noise doesn't mean anything.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

We need a Europe that is simpler, more transparent and less bureaucratic.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We cannot accept that there are European firms that are taxed and internationals one that are not.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

Daniela Schwarzer

The new role is simply a reality. Germany never wants to lead alone. But she will stand up, even against allies, if she sees the principles of the international order undermined. That's why the French elections were so important, why Brexit is so painful and why Poland and Hungary are so difficult.feedback

Christoph von Marschall - Der Tagesspiegel

The Social Democrats were very eager to be nice to the French, but the liberals are not.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

Emmanuel Macron

Before we move forward, we wish to clarify the issue of the regulation of European citizens, the financial terms of the exit and the question of Ireland. If those three points are not clarified, then we cannot move forward on the rest. How can we put money on the table when we don't know what the deal is? How can we discuss how the finer details of the Northern Ireland border should operate when the EU won't even begin to discuss what the relationship is that they want between the UK and the EU?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

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Remember that in the first half of 2017, markets were constantly talking about the populist threat in the euro zone. After the Dutch and French elections, this threat seems to have disappeared. No one seems to have an eye on the AfD. If the AfD manages to come in as third largest party, it could not only be the official opposition leader (in case of another CDU/SPD coalition) with special rights in the German parliament but would also show even Germany is not immune against right-wing populism.feedback

Roger Cohen - The New York Times

It is useful to look at Trump’s apocalyptic leanings through this different lens.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

Marine Le Pen

I asked Florian Philippot to choose between the two. I will meet him, and if he does not choose, I will do it for him.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

Marine Le Pen

We said we would change everything from the floor to the ceiling…and that's what we'll do. The Front will get over it, no problem. I am the strongest and best-placed to run (for presidential election in 2022).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

Emmanuel Macron

At the very beginning of your mandate, you have political capital–you have to use it. I don't mind to be very high in terms of popularity, and so on. My country has to be reformed. I have 10 percent unemployment rate, I have almost 25 percent of my young people being unemployed. It's useless to have political capital and stay in such a situation.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I was very clear during my campaign about the reforms. I explained those reforms, I presented those reforms during weeks and weeks, and I was elected on those reforms. I do believe in democracy, and democracy is not on the street. They voted.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

David Lees

One of the issues for low engagement at demonstrations typically has been that union membership in France is much lower than comparable Western European countries like the U.K. The unions don't have the same kind of grip over the workers like they used to in France.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

Roger Cohen - The New York Times

The French president wants Trump to understand that sovereignty is best wielded through multilateralism.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

Marine Le Pen

You have to be able to accept criticism. I get the impression that Florian did not want to take part in that debate.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

Emmanuel Macron

If we don't stand up for those values, then all of us will be affected.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

There is nothing more effective than multilateralism in our current world because all our challenges are multilateral: war, terrorism, climate change, the digital economy.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I cannot say whether my successor … in 70 years' time will have the privilege of speaking before you. Will multilateralism survive this time of doubt and change?feedback

Donald J. Trump

If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations–nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies.feedback

Kevin Rudd

Since the rise of the modern nation-state, disorder has been the dominant characteristic of inter-state relations.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The future of the world is that of our planet, which is on course to take vengeance on the foolishness of men. The planet will not negotiate with us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it–believe me.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Jihadist terrorism has hit every continent, our fellow citizens from every religion…This fight against terrorism is a military one. It is also educational, cultural, and moral.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The protection of refugees is a moral and political duty in which France has decided to play its role: In following the high commissioner [on refugees] wherever it is necessary. By opening legal resettlement channels for those closest to conflict zones, to Libya, Jordan, Turkey, and also to Niger and Chad. By defending the right the right to asylum and the absolute respect for the Geneva Conventions.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

It's the UN's job to protect the freedom of those who think, reflect, speak out, and particularly the freedom of the press. That's why I'm calling for a special representative of the secretary general for the protection of journalists in the world.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Our responsibility, with all our partners, including China and Russia, is to bring everyone to the negotiating table to find a political solution to the crisis. France will refuse any escalation, and will not close the door on dialogue if the conditions are met in order for dialogue to bring about peace.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

Barack Obama

I'm convinced in the long run giving up some freedom of action – not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue core interests – but binding ourselves to international rules, over the long term, enhances our security.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

Donald J. Trump

We're looking forward to doing that. I'm speaking with [chief of staff] General [John] Kelly and with all of the people involved, and we'll see if it we can do it this year. But we certainly will be beginning to do that.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country. And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military. That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we're going to be showing our military.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

Bernard Accoyer

Is it really rational to keep such large premises, especially in a period when we are in opposition?feedback

Edouard Balladur

Parties are living entities, and as such they have a birth, a life and a death.feedback

Mike Lee

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

Emmanuel Macron

Remember the last one in 2005? It was crazy. Everyone was a super specialist of one article across the 350 and said, you know what, I will vote no because I have a problem with article 322' – it is a nightmare, but this is what we created.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We are not here to adjust the model, we are here to transform it radically. Our labour regulation code … is long enough to be not fully understood by anyone. Workers were not really protected because if you don't know the law, you don't know your own protections and you cannot help to defend yourself.feedback

Benjamin Griveaux

The unions saw 100,000 people and the police saw only 20,000, so it was something in between. But there was a low participation to be honest. Why? Because there was a real round of negotiation, a strong discussion about all kinds of issues. And because I think we have political legitimacy by the vote last May, and it is easier when you have this political drive and political dynamic to implement reforms fast after the election.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

Emmanuel Macron

I don't want an identical reconstruction of St Martin. What has happened is also linked to the fact that the buildings were too precarious, that the supply of services (water, electricity, internet etc) was too fragile, that the planning of the housing was no longer suitable for the risk involved. And so what I want is to make St. Martin a model (for other such areas).feedback

Philippe Martinez

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

Philippe Martinez

This is the first step of a mobilization to make people aware of what's at stake.feedback

Antoine Girard

It is a considerable retreat for worker rights and a generalized destabilization of labor.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Those who think we have the luxury to do nothing and remain seated are making a profound error.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

Philippe Martinez

Some governments stuck to their guns, and were then forced to drop their guns.feedback

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

This isn't our last stand. We are organizing a relentless defense of the labor code.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

We stand side-by-side with those who, in our own country, a few thousand kilometres from here, are destitute, have lost everything, sometimes loved ones, and that we stand with their families who on mainland France as elsewhere are living in fear. The whole country stands with them and all public services are mobilised to come to their aid.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

Jean-Yves Le Drian

That's what we want to do now even before Assad leaves. We do that independently because if we wait for the Syrians to agree we will wait a long time and there will be thousands more dead.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

Jean-Yves Le Drian

He (Assad) cannot be part of the solution. The solution is to find with all the actors a calendar with a political transition that will enable a new constitution and elections. This transition cannot be done with Bashar al-Assad who murdered part of his population and who has led millions of Syrians to leave their territory.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

Philippe Martinez

All our fears have been confirmed and the additional fear is obvious and has been written: It's the end of the working contract.feedback

Laurent Berger - Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail

This reform does not rise to the occasion. Taking to the streets is not the only mode of action for unions.feedback

Édouard Philippe

The truth is that for bosses, especially of small companies, and foreign investors, the existing labour law is seen as a brake on hiring and investment.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

Agnes Romatet-Espagne

It is up to the Venezuelan authorities to give quick pledges in terms of respecting rule of law and fundamental freedoms. The European Union and France will evaluate their relationship with Venezuela on this basis.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

Emmanuel Macron

Some groups of traffickers, who deal weapons and drugs also have links to terrorism, they have made the African desert and Mediterranean Sea a graveyard. These groups have deep ties to terrorism.feedback

Christophe Castaner

Yes, we are encountering difficulties, but you cannot just spend your time only looking at polls when you're in government. We are there to transform the country. Our country needs us to take risks, and we are taking risks.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

France is not a reformable country. Many have tried and they have not succeeded because the French hate reform.feedback

Bernard Sananes

It could mean, for the government, that the opposition mobilises itself again.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

Francois Savary - Prime Partners

Now is the key time, with the labour executive orders to be presented.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

Boyko Borissov

Poland and Hungary are not only our friends, they are also part of the European Union. It is damaging for EU countries to go into open confrontation.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.