I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
And I think we understand we cannot make social change for all workers until we have enough strength, membership strength, and at the same time having membership strength and only making change for a limited group of workers is not what our country really needs for people that work.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Only peril can bring the French together. One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.
I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 – I didn’t have television then.
I’ll never run for office. But I intend, either on the fiscal commission or on issues like immigration, to hopefully have my voice be heard.