Emmanuel Macron on French election 2017

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All quotes by Emmanuel Macron on French election 2017

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

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

Some had said I should wait for the coalition talks to be concluded.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paid by the Republic, no. Having a role, a real status, a real capacity to act, yes.feedback

I would like a defined framework and I will ask for the subject to be worked on. The person living with you should be able to have a role and be recognised for that role.feedback

We're an industrial power. We must guarantee the preservation of jobs.feedback

This increase in the budget, in a year where no other budget except the army's will see an increase, is unprecedented, and I want to you to understand how important this is.feedback

I am your boss. For me it is undignified to wash dirty linen in public..I am your leader..I'm under no pressure to comment.feedback

I have made commitments, I am your boss. If the [Armed Forces] chief of staff has an issue with the President of the Republic, the chief of staff will be changed.feedback

I know how to honour the commitments I make to our citizens. It is the chief of the defence staff who will change his position.feedback

It is convenient to see the Vichy regime as born of nothingness, returned to nothingness . Yes, it's convenient, but it is false. We cannot build pride upon a lie.feedback

Admittedly Vichy was not all of the French, but it was the government and the administration of France. I call for a resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the framework of the search for a solution of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in recognized, secure borders with Jerusalem as the capital.feedback

I share Israeli concerns on the arming of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. We seek Lebanon's stability with due regard to all minorities.feedback

Everything should be done so that negotiations restart.feedback

I reject the tone of those who pretend today that Vichy was not France. Vichy was definitely not all French people it was the government and the administration of France.feedback

I assured him of our vigilance, in particular over the strict implementation of the accord… in all its provisions. We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism.feedback

This rage, I know, many of you still carry it in the pit of your stomach, Everything will be done in order for the republic, the state and public authorities to regain your trust … We'll respond by a fight without mercy outside and inside our borders against terrorism, everywhere. My determination is total.feedback

I disagree with the way the Paris agreement and its importance is being interpreted [by the US]. We talked about this disagreement, as we should among leaders. Should this get in the way of the discussions on all other subjects? Definitely not, under no circumstances. We share common views and goals on many other subjects.feedback

July 14 in Nice will never be the same, and it will never, in a certain way, be the same in France.feedback

Nothing will ever separate us. Everything will be done for the Republic to regain your trust.feedback

All of us have a direct relationship with Russia. It is a necessity to work together. Tonight's dinner will be between friends.feedback

What I like is the sense of duty, the sense of discretion that has taken our army to where it is today. And what I sometimes find hard to tolerate in certain sectors, I tolerate it even less when it comes to our military.feedback

The French people have shown their impatience with a political world made up of sterile quarrels and hollow ambitions in which we have lived up until now. One last question, for an American journalist.feedback

Olympic values are our values. They are threatened, called into question by many today, so it's the best moment to defend them. I decided from the very beginning of my mandate to back this project and give the maximum to promote this candidature.feedback

I am here to convey a message that the French people are ready. I would not be here if they were not ready.feedback

As president of the republic, I will do everything to ensure that we make the necessary arrangements to meet the requirements of this contract but, more broadly, to accompany you in this strategic partnership.feedback

On Dec. 12, two years after the Paris (climate) agreement, I will therefore convene a summit to take further action on climate, notably on the financial front.feedback

These people are nothing. They are terrorists, thugs and assassins. And we will put all of our energies into eradicating them.feedback

It's about nothing less than reweaving, between French citizens and the republic, the relationship that has dissolved under the mechanical exercise of power. From efficiency, representativity and responsibility, I want the emergence of a contractual republic. The French people have shown their impatience with a political world made up of sterile quarrels and hollow ambitions in which we have lived up until now. I believe firmly in Europe. But I don't find the scepticism unjustified.feedback

The French people are not driven by patient curiosity, but by an uncompromising demand. It is a profound transformation that they expect. I want all these deep reforms that our institutions seriously need to be done within a year. These reforms will go to Parliament but, if necessary, I will put them to voters in a referendum.feedback

I want all of those deep reforms that our institutions seriously need to be done within a year.feedback

It is up to the president to outline the meaning of the five-year term…it's up to the prime minister to flesh it out.feedback

The last 10 years have been cruel for Europe. We have managed crises but we have lost our way. I believe firmly in Europe. But I don't find the scepticism unjustified. The building of Europe has been weakened by the spread of bureaucracy and by the growing scepticism that comes from that.feedback

And it is within each one of us that we must shut it up, day after day.feedback

Certainly, we've got to recognize the essential role of public service, and of our civil servants. But protecting the weakest doesn't mean transforming them into helpless minors. Every French person has a responsibility and a role to play in the conquests to come.feedback

In terms of the fight against terrorism, he has the same drive for efficiency that I do. I don't share some of his choices, above all on the climate issue.feedback

We already have two international [human rights] pacts ... The idea is to create a third, for a third generation of rights – environmental rights.feedback

As Jacques Delors said, 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

On the basis of this draft proposal, I pledge to act ...so that the work initiated continues, so that we reach a text, convince our partners, place these efforts under the aegis of the U.N ... and from September have the basis of a world environment pact.feedback

And now we deliver together to make the planet great again. Thank you.feedback

At the Visegrad meeting this morning we established which issues we disagree on and where we will continue to talk to better understand each other's constraints. There are issues where I'd like to advance together, the posted workers directive being one... I believe we need a profound reform of the balance. I will do it with respect for our partners.feedback

The door is open until the moment you walk through it. It's not up to me to say it's closed. But from the moment things are engaged with a timescale and an objective, it's very hard to go back, we can't lie to ourselves. What did Brexit play on? On workers from eastern Europe who came to take British jobs. The defenders of the European Union lost because the British lower middle classes said: 'Stop!feedback

Europe is not a supermarket. We have to promote a Europe that goes toward greater economic and social wellbeing. Europe isn't a supermarket. Europe is a common destiny. It is weakened when it accepts its principles being rejected. The countries in Europe that don't respect the rules should have to face the political consequences. And that's not just an east-west debate. Everything is linked. You can't say you want to lead an effective fight against terror and not do something about climate change.feedback

Because democracy was born in Europe. The US likes freedom as much as we do, but it doesn't have our love for justice. Europe is the only place in the world where individual freedoms, the spirit of democracy and social justice are so closely joined. So the question now is: Will Europe succeed in defending the deep values it brought to the world for decades, or will it be wiped out by the rise in illiberal democracies and authoritarian regimes?feedback

France is not a country that you reform, it's a country that you transform, a country of revolution. So as long as it's possible not to reform, France doesn't do it. This time, people saw they were at the edge of a precipice and they reacted.feedback

I respect Vladimir Putin. I had an constructive exchange with him. We have real disagreements, on Ukraine in particular, but he has seen my position. I talked to him at length face to face about international issues as wells as defending NGOs and liberties in his country.feedback

The question is to know how to restore the dynamic and bring people on board. It's not just about pressing policy onto countries or people; you have to be able to bring them along with you, make them dream.feedback

That's why I have asked the government to engage the fundamental reforms which are essential for France. Our credibility, our efficiency, our strength is on the line.feedback

I will speak to everyone with respect but I won't compromise on European principles – on solidarity or democratic values. If Europe were to accept that, it would mean it's weak and had already ceased to exist.feedback

Fears are still there and what divides societies is still there. There are no magic solutions, it's a combat for every day.feedback

We have to promote a Europe that goes towards greater economic and social wellbeing. Let's not get this wrong. The great defenders of this ultra economically-liberal and unbalanced Europe – the UK – came crashing down on this. What did Brexit play on? On workers from eastern Europe who came to take British jobs. The defenders of the European Union lost because the British lower middle classes said: 'Stop!' He said "extremes feed off imbalances like this" and the European Union couldn't remain shut up in summits and offices and "let things crumble.feedback

Anyone who thinks the fight against climate change is mere whim by middle-class liberals is deeply wrong.feedback

Democracy isn't built from the outside without the people. France didn't take part in the Iraq war and that was right. And France was wrong to take part in the war in Libya in the way it did. What was the result of those interventions? Failed states where terrorist groups prospered. I don't want that in Syria. Three: I have red lines on chemical weapons and humanitarian corridors. I said it very clearly to Vladimir Putin. I will be uncompromising on that. So the use of chemical weapons will be met with a response, and even if France acts alone.feedback

My election, and my majority in parliament are not the end of something: they are a challenging beginning. It's the start of a French renaissance, and I hope a European one.feedback

Everywhere in our societies, the lower middle classes have started to doubt. We have to create a Europe that protects with a real defence policy and common security.feedback

When you look at the planet today, what do you see? A rise in illiberal democracies, and extremes in Europe, a reappearance of authoritarian regimes that question the vitality of democracy, and the US in part withdrawing from the world. That context is worsened by a rise in uncertainty and troubles – crises are growing in the Middle East and the Gulf, inequalities are growing everywhere in the world.feedback

National egotisms are slow poisons that bring about the weakening of democracies and a collective inability to rise up to our historic challenge. I know the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is conscious of that.feedback

Yes. When you fix red-lines, if you don't know how to make sure they are respected, you're choosing to be weak. That's not my choice. If chemical weapons are used on the ground and we know how to find out their provencance, France will launch strikes to destroy the chemical weapons stocks.feedback

I want the discussions that have just started to be perfectly coordinated at a European level. I do not want bilateral discussions, because the interests of the EU must be preserved in the short, medium and long term.feedback

I want our cooperation to evolve. We absolutely must avoid creating new flashpoint migrant camps.feedback

To those who have voted for me to bar the National Front, I know it's not a blank cheque. I am aware of our disagreements. To those who voted for Le Pen, they have expressed anger and disarray. I will do everything so that they no longer have any reasons to vote for the extremes.feedback

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

Madame Le Pen speaks for no one. Madame Le Pen exploits anger and hatred. I'm not going to lament our democracy. In the second round, you choose the candidate who perhaps was not your first choice.feedback

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

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

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

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

We have a duty today to their memory. Does she want us to no longer commemorate? Madame Le Pen and her people can complain, but I will not back down.feedback

Madame Le Pen has gone fishing. Have a nice trip! Think about it.feedback

Madame Le Pen is using the situation for political ends, stirring up crowds on a parking lot. If she's elected, this company will close. Madame Le Pen does not understand how this country works.feedback

Mrs Le Pen is using this situation to her political advantage, because what she does is stir up political activists in a parking lot. I want everyone who lives and works in this region to know: if she's elected, this factory will shut down. And I can name dozens more in this case. That's what makes us different, in our method and in substance.feedback

Some have woken up with a hangover because Le Pen is there. I haven't. Nothing is won ... I have never considered one minute that it was won. My battle is to defeat Marine Le Pen. When I hear Madame Le Pen's slogans, her tones and her gestures, I see a lot more brutality on her side than mine. The brutal project, the project of hate and rejection is not on my side.feedback

Nationalism is war. I know it. I come from a region that is full of graveyards. The trap you are falling into, Madame Le Pen, with your provocations, is to divide society. It's truly barbarous and it's part of a past that we need to confront by apologising to those against whom we committed these acts.feedback

We're turning a page in French political history. We can't respond with the same men and the same ideas.feedback

I've seen the emptiness of our political system from the inside...I reject this system.feedback

I think we must once and for all have a spirit of responsibility at this extreme time and not give in to panic and not allow it to be exploited, which some might try to do.feedback

What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process, which is the presidential election. I think we must one and all have a spirit of responsibility at this extreme time and not give in to panic and not allow it to be exploited, which some might try to do. I've heard Madame Le Pen saying again recently that with her in charge, certain attacks would have been avoided. There's no such thing as zero risk. Anyone who pretends (otherwise) is both irresponsible and deceitful.feedback

We must not give way to panic, nor in any way allow any attempt to manipulate these events. The terrorists want to destabilise the country … at a time when the French are deciding on their future. She won't be able to protect our citizens.feedback

A vigorous offensive will be taken to fight Islamic radicalisation, especially on the internet.feedback

This event serves as reminders that the terrorist threat is still very high on our territory.feedback

Some want us to believe ... that France will isolate itself. We feel everywhere the temptation of barbarism ready to surge in other guises.feedback

We are the only binding force today for the country because we are the only ones who don't want to break it up.feedback

Some had forgotten that Marine Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen. We must not be complacent or minimise what the National Front is today.feedback

Nationalism is war. I know it. I come from a region that is full of graveyards. Sorry to tell you this, Madame Le Pen, but you are saying the same lies that we've heard from your father for 40 years.feedback

Europe, it allows to protect. What you are proposing is the decline of the French's purchasing power. What you are proposing is an economic war. Nationalism is war. I know it. I come from a region that is full of graveyards. Sorry to tell you this, Madame Le Pen, but you are saying the same lies that we've heard from your father for forty years.feedback

Madame Le Pen, sorry to tell you, but you are using lies we hear for 40 years and we were hearing in your father's mouth.feedback

No, no, please, play nice Mrs Le Pen, I'm not putting words into your mouth and I don't need a ventriloquist. I can assure you everything's fine and clear for me and when I have something to say, I'll say it clearly, as I always do.feedback

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 not leading ethnically separate lives but instead living in our Republic. Well I won't do that!feedback

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.feedback

It's a serious and important moment, because two candidates have chosen to propose conservative projects or those of regression and retreat for the country. Yet they have also decided to deliberately attack the rule of law and, in particular, the authority of the justice system. We'll implement a reform forbidding the hiring of close relations or family members. This has been an integral part of the 'Onwards!' movement since day one and we'll carry it through to ensure all parliamentarians respect it.feedback

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 our partners, and chiefly Germany. If we don't have a brave plan of structural reforms, the Germans won't follow us.feedback

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!feedback

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