I committed myself totally, fully, but I didn't succeed in convincing a majority of French... I didn't succeed in making the values we share win.
It's disrespectful to tell the French in the morning that you're going to reduce the debt, in the evening that you're not going to make any savings, and the next morning, after thinking about it, that you're going to spend more.
The French like burgers, Madonna and Miami Vice.
In a presidential campaign, you can't lie. You can't hide what you are and what you want. You can't hide what kind of President you'll be. You can't keep on talking about nothing indefinitely and committing to nothing, you can't keep running away from debate, masking the challenges.
Perhaps the mistake I made at the start of my mandate is not understanding the symbolic dimension of the president's role and not being solemn enough in my acts. A mistake for which I would like to apologise or explain myself and which I will not make again. Now, I know the job.
Francois Hollande is the president of the republic, he must be respected. I want to wish him good luck in the midst of these tests.
I don't give any gifts to the rich.