We feel an enormous sense of gratitude towards the American people.
I was a Member of the European Parliament for a period of time and I saw a lot of European laws and treaties.
Let them be reassured, it has never been one of our intentions to ban religion in society, but solely to protect the national education system from any conspicuous display of religious affiliation.
When I see the cultural diversity that exists today, I feel that we must defend it, and we need Europe, because otherwise we are going to live in a society with a single model, the Anglo-American model.
I am a believer, but I affirm that in public buildings the law of the Republic overrides religious rules.
It's a different outlook, and one that I understand. When you are a former member of the Warsaw Pact, when you have lived behind the Berlin Wall, when you have experienced the communist systems that existed in these countries, for them, the West represents hope.
Prohibiting a visible religious sign, which isn't a manifestation of militancy, would look like a fight against religions.
We believe that the European Union is facing a truly historic choice.
What's very important is that we build a space that matters in the world, one that operates according to democratic rules, and that small and large countries enjoy a good relationship.
I think that we must come together progressively, with the British, the Germans, the Spanish, the Italians and with the new members of the European Union, we must make an effort to forge closer links.
But the Republic has its rules and it must not tolerate any abuse of them.
This constitution recognises the need for social dialogue involving labour and management; it involves trade unions in the decision-making process; it has a social vision founded on social dialogue.
The United States, for a French citizen, is a friend, an ally, to whom we owe, along with most Europeans, our freedom.
I think that the proposed constitution is one of the European legal documents with the strongest social dimension I have seen since I began following European issues.
It's important to show that, while authorizing the demonstrations and promoting diversity of opinion, the Republic can't allow itself to be undermined from within.