Nicolas Sarkozy

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Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa (born 28 January 1955), more commonly known as Nicolas Sarkozy, is a French politician, and the head of the right-wing party UMP. He was invested as President of France on 16 May 2007.


  • 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.
  • To be a young Gaullist is to be a revolutionary!
    • National meeting of UDR in Nice, June 1975
  • We live in a world where people don't all have the same scruples, where all blows can be given, and where, in order to down somebody, all means can be used. Nothing will lead me astray from the path that I have chosen.
    • Le Monde, 2005
  • 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.
    • Interview with Charlie Rose, televised 31 January 2007
  • If you come to France and you wear a veil, if you go to one of the administrative buildings, then that's not acceptable. If you don't want your wife to be examined by a male doctor, then you're not welcome here. France is a country that's open.
    • Interview with Charlie Rose, televised 31 January 2007
  • If living in France bothers some people, they should feel free to leave the country.
    • UMP meeting 22 April
  • "The French like burgers, Madonna and Miami Vice."
  • Casse toi alors, pauvre con.
    • Sod off then, asshole
    • Sarkozy outburst at farming fair, BBC News online, 24 February 2008
    • On visiting the Salon de l'Agriculture, 24 January 2008, to a member of the public who had refused to shake Sarkozy's hand because he did not want to be dirtied.
  • Canadians are friends and Quebecers are my family.
  • What France knows deep down is that within this great Canadian people, there is a Quebec nation.
  • I do not see how proving my family, brotherly love for Quebec should be strengthened by defying Canada.
    • October 18, 2008, Sarkozy becomes the first French President to adress the National Assembly of Quebec.
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  • Merit and labour are values that should be rewarded more and more. We must applaud and be thankful to the France that gets up early.
  • The Chiraquian EEG is flat. This is no longer [Paris] City Hall, this is the antechamber of the morgue. Chirac is dead, only the 3 last shovelfuls are needed. (before the 1995 presidential elections)
  • June 2005: following these two declarations, Nicolas Sarkozy was reprimanded during the Council of Ministers by president Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin
    • We shall clean the Cité des 4000 [in La Courneuve] with a Kärcher
    • The judge who freed Mrs. Cremel's murderer will pay for his mistake.
  • Success and social promotion are not some right that anybody can claim after queuing at some [government office]. It is better: it is a right, a right that one can merit because of one's sweat. (Summer meeting of the Young Populars in La Baule, 4 September 2005)
  • All these squatted habitations, all these buildings must be closed in order to prevent these tragic events, and this is what I asked of the Prefect of Police because these people are poor human beings who are housed in unnacceptable conditions. After accepting people to whom, sadly, we cannot offer work or housing, we end up in a situation that results in tragedies like these. (France Inter, 30 August 2005, after several cases where poor black immigrant families from Africa had died when the derelict buildings in which they lived burnt down)
  • Answering a woman asking him if he would help them “to get rid of this scum”: You've had enough, haven't you? Enough of this scum? Well, we're going to get rid of them for you. (Comments preceding the three weeks of urban violence, 25 October 2005)
  • Do not assume I would have such a fatitude (sic) (France Inter interview, 18 April 2007). In French, Ne me prêtez pas une telle fatitude. The word fatitude does not exist in French.

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