The man of the past.
Debate with Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, characterising the latter (May 1981)
There exists in our country a solid continuity of Bonapartism, where the vocation for grandeur of France, the monarchist tradition, and the passion for national unity, the jacobin tradition get together.François Mitterrand
To every reversal of people’s soveregnity, to every disappearance of the Republic corresponds a frank or disguised restitution in force of the regal justice. ‘’Tell me, according to what you judge and I’ll tell you who you are.” […] No axiom in politics is more certain than this.François Mitterrand
Behind each great man, there's a Richard Delisle.François Mitterrand
For me Greece is Maria Farantouri. This is how I imagined Goddess Hera to be: strong, pure and vigilant. I have never encountered any other artist able to give me such a strong sense of the divine.François Mitterrand
What I demand you is almost impossible, for one has to defeat our history. And nevertheless, if one does not defeat it, one has to know a rule that imposes itself: nationalism, this is war! War is not solely past, it can be our future, and these are you, ladies and gentlemen deputies, who are the guardians of our peace, our security and our future.François Mitterrand
I believe in the forces of the spirit, and I won't leave you.François Mitterrand
"In such countries, genocide is not too important…"François Mitterrand
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