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This near perfect hexagon, a wonder of balance; three maritime coastlines: the English Channel and the North Sea, open on the Anglo-Saxon world and on the northern vastness, the Atlantic coastline, which for centuries has given us the open seas, and which hands us its adventures; the Mediterranean coastline, home to some of history's oldest and richest human civilizations.feedback
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May 02 2017
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We are in a world of competition where each defends its interests tooth and nail. We should do the same.feedback

I won't be intimidated. I'll take you to court for that.feedback

If I had any doubt about my guilt, I wouldn't be a candidate. I provided a means to eliminate me from the presidential race. Prosecutors should take up this case. If they don't do so and if I am elected president, there will be a parliamentary commission of inquiry.feedback

We must avoid these fantasies. There is enough unwelcome interference in this electoral campaign to not need to go and seek some in Russia. We can consider it [Russia] an enemy and prepare a clash or adopt a second strategy to try and engage in a serious and frank dialogue to put in place conditions for peace in Europe.feedback

There is enough unwelcome interference in this electoral campaign to not need to go and seek some in Russia. We're sufficiently capable ourselves. Today, it's a new cold war even though our priority is to defeat Islamic totalitarianism. We've always had a difficult relationship with Russia. It's a country that doesn't have the same democratic system as in the West so it's a country that is dangerous.feedback

Those protests are an insult to democracy ... the more they protest, the more French voters will support me.feedback

You have newspapers today which receive documents 48 hours after they were seized in searches, for example in my office in the National Assembly. Who gives them these documents? The government. I will go much further. I blame the president of the republic.feedback

Who is organising these? State services. And, oddly enough, the Socialist party, Mr Macron and Mr Hollande pounce on these pseudo-revelations.feedback

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

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

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

Those who don't respect the laws of the Republic should not be allowed to run. There's no point in talking about authority when one's not beyond reproach. There is only one thing that exists in a democracy: it's the people's will. The French will choose.feedback

I understand the anxiety this could have caused because it evokes the drawings of a dark period of our history and conveys an ideology I have always fought against. The political battle is tough, but it must stay dignified. I will not tolerate my party publishing caricatures that use the codes of antisemitic propaganda.feedback

I think about the words by Joan of Arc facing her judges, ignore, I ask you. I think of these words today. Ignore, ignore the attacks which are targeting me, ignore because like you, millions of French people, refuse to let their votes be pre-empted and confiscated.feedback

Are we alone? The success of this demonstration shows that my legitimacy as a candidate remains very strong. I can unite (the party) for the campaign and for government… No one can prevent me now from being the candidate.feedback

I believe that my project is supported by a majority of voters from the Right and from the centre and that I demonstrated this today.feedback

The day I'm recognised as innocent by a judiciary that I have not lost faith in – even if I have reservations about their initial actions – my accusers who were too quick to point the finger will be ashamed of themselves.feedback

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

No one can stop me from being a candidate. I committed the first error in the past, in asking my wife to work for me. ... I shouldn't have done that. And I committed the second in hesitating about the way to talk about it.feedback

You should not surrender to worry or anger.feedback

They attack me everywhere and I must, in conscience, listen to you, this immense crowd pushing me on. But I must also ask myself about those who doubt and are abandoning the ship. They bear an immense responsibility, as do I.feedback

Elites are often more conservative and more prudent than the French people. Our main enemy is ourselves... our harmful tendency to ridicule our own country.feedback

Thank you. I've known better, and I will know better. I tell you with gravity, don't be fooled, don't let anyone rob you of your choice. I ask you to resist.feedback

This campaign is a strange battle. You are brave but you are being intimidated. They are attacking me, but what they are really trying to attack is our national recovery.feedback

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

It is indeed a political assassination. But through this disproportionate attack, without a known precedent, through the choice of this date, it's not only me they're assassinating, it's the presidential election.feedback

I will not give up, I will not surrender, I will not withdraw. I will be in this until the bitter end, because it is not just me who is under threat, it is democracy itself. I am asking you to be with me. This is not about me, My rights or my innocence, it is about you.feedback

I remind you that we are in a state of emergency and yet the government is letting this happen. It is necessary that the government ensures that conditions for the smooth running of the elections and that it enforces the rule of law. The government must ensure that enemies of democracy cease disrupting this presidential campaign.feedback

Not only does le Canard Enchaine try to cast doubt, wrongly, over the calculation of the net average salary of my wife but it commits numerous errors in analysing information on the pay slips. Only a desire to cause harm can explain this report which is full of lies. I now understand that it was naive to believe that justice would be served sensibly and rapidly.feedback

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

I have nothing to hide. All acts described [in the media] are legal and transparent. Where does it leave me morally speaking? I must face up to myself and in reality also to the French people. What was acceptable yesterday is no longer acceptable today. It was an error. I regret it profoundly and I apologize to the French people. Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my activities as an elected official.feedback

I am the only candidate who can bring about a national recovery. I am the candidate of the Right and I am here to win. A new campaign starts this evening. Her job was vital for my role as an elected official ... All of this was legal. It was a mistake, which I deeply regret, and I apologise to the French people.feedback

Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my work as an MP (member of parliament). To collaborate with family members in politics was an accepted thing, it is not accepted today. I am sorry and apologize. Tonight a new campaign starts.feedback

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

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

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

I want justice to be done quickly. But I cannot deny that I'm really angry. I'm in a cold rage against these hounds, who are pleased with their demolition work.feedback

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

When I was a Senator I occasionally paid my two sons for legal work that they were qualified to do. It was and is within the law, so legal.feedback

Facing the anesthesia camp, I am the labour and purchasing power candidate, because a country that works more, earns more.feedback

Three months before the presidential elections, and coincidentally, a scandal has erupted. Through Penelope, they try to destroy me. I am afraid of nothing. I have a solid backbone. If they want to attack me, they can attack me straight in the eye, but they should leave my wife out of this political debate.feedback

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

I am a Gaullist, and furthermore I am a Christian.feedback

I am convinced that the economic sanctions are totally ineffective. We must find another way to talk. I do not want (U.S. President Donald) Trump to talk with Russia at our expense. It would be damaging for Europe if Trump went above our heads, which is not inconceivable.feedback

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