"Our differences should not become divisive. Our diversity should not disunite us. The country needs reconciliation."
- FRANCOIS HOLLANDEthe new French President, speaking of his aim to unite France, after being sworn in at hisinauguration ceremony
"Pardon, Madame Merkel!"
- FRANCOIS HOLLANDEthe new French President, in his first words to Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, having arrived late to talks in Berlin due to his plane being struck by lightning
"Austerity need not be Europe's fate."
- FRANCOIS HOLLANDEsocialist French politician, after defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in France's presidential elections
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