Nicolas Sarkozy

"Long live the United States of America!"

"America did not teach men the idea of freedom; she taught them how to practice it."

"What has history taught us? That no empire, even the largest, can defeat the longing for freedom."

"If living in France bothers some people, they should feel free to leave a country they don't like."

"What made America great was her ability to transform her own dream into hope for all mankind."

"America's strength is not only a material strength, it is first and foremost a spiritual and moral strength."

"Fundamentally, what are those who love America asking of her, if not to remain forever true to her founding values?"

"I understand that people might be poor if they don't have any work, but I don't accept that someone is poor if they've worked really hard."

"Communism saw religion as an instrument of domination of one class over another, and we know full well the misfortunes to which this theory led."

"What makes America strong is the strength of this ideal that is shared by all Americans and by all those who love her because they love freedom."

"I want to issue an appeal to our American friends, to tell them that they can count on our friendship, which has been forged in the tragedies of history which we have faced together."

"America feels it has the vocation to inspire the world. Because she is the most powerful country in the world. Because, for more than two centuries, she has striven to uphold the ideals of democracy and freedom."

"The tragedy of the 20th century, of those millions of human beings plunged into war, starvation, hatred, separation, deportation and death, was not born from an excess of the idea of God, but from his awesome absence."

"From the very beginning, the American dream meant proving to all mankind that freedom, justice, human rights and democracy were no utopia but were rather the most realistic policy there is and the most likely to improve the fate of each and every person."

"America did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who--with their hands, their intelligence and their heart--built the greatest nation in the world: "Come, and everything will be given to you." She said: "Come, and the only limits to what you'll be able to achieve will be your own courage and your own talent." America embodies this extraordinary ability to grant each and every person a second chance."

"I want to issue a call to everyone in the world who believes in the values of tolerance, freedom, democracy, humanism, to all those who are persecuted by tyranny, by dictatorships. I want to tell all of the children throughout the world, all of the ill-treated women throughout the world - I want to tell them that it will be France's pride and its duty to be at their side."

"Here, both the humblest and most illustrious citizens alike know that nothing is owed to them and that everything has to be earned. That's what constitutes the moral value of America. America did not teach men the idea of freedom; she taught them how to practice it. And she fought for this freedom whenever she felt it to be threatened somewhere in the world. It was by watching America grow that men and women understood that freedom was possible."

Compiled by Thomas George






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