„We were depending on considerable assistance from the insurrectionists in France. Throughout France the Free French had been of inestimable value in the campaign. … Without their great assistance the liberation of France and the defeat of the enemy in Western Europe would have consumed a much longer time and meant greater losses to ourselves.“
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
As quoted in "What Americans forget about French resistance" http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/opinions/kaiser-ve-day-french-resistance/index.html (7 May 2015), by Charles Kaiser, Cable News Network, Atlanta, Georgia.
— Charles de Gaulle, Appeal of 18 June
World War II, La France a perdu une bataille, mais la France n'a pas perdu la guerre. Poster À tous les Français (To All Frenchmen), August 1940. À tous les Français was designed and displayed in London to accompany the Appel du 18 juin (Appeal of 18 June) following defeat at the Battle of France. The pair are considered to be the founding texts of the Résistance.
„We must tell the Algerians that it is not the case that they need France, but that France needs them.“
— Jean-Marie Le Pen French right-wing and nationalist politician 1928
Context: We must tell the Algerians that it is not the case that they need France, but that France needs them. They are not a burden, and if they are for now, they will on the contrary be a dynamic part as well as the young blood of the French nation into which we will have integrated them. I claim that in the Muslim religion there is nothing, in the moral point of view, that would be incompatible with making a believing or practicing Muslim a full French citizen. Very much on the contrary, its basic principles are the same as for Christianity, which is the basis of Western civilization. On the other hand, I do not believe that there exists an Algerian race, any more than there exists a French race … I conclude: let us offer to Algerian Muslims entrance and integration in a dynamic France. Instead of telling them as we do now: "you are very expensive, you are a burden", let us tell them: "we need you, you are the youth of the nation." As quoted in Journal officiel de la République française (28 January 1958); said when Algeria was still a part of Metropolitan France before it attained independence.
„Having erased Sedan, we now must erase Waterloo. France cannot be a great continental power unless she is a Rheinish power…French political wisdom has never consisted in immoderate acquisitions. In the days of France's European hegemony, she always preferred influence and infiltration to indigestion.“
— Jacques Bainville French historian and journalist 1879 - 1936
Action Française (1 December 1918), quoted in William R. Keylor, Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979), p. 129.
— George Moore (novelist) Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist 1852 - 1933
Confessions of a Young Man http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12278/12278-h/12278-h.htm (1886), Ch. 1.
— Jacques Chirac 22nd President of France 1932 - 2019
Diplomacy with Iraq 70s-80s, Declaration in April 1986. http://web.archive.org/20031023104943/www.geocities.com/tom_slouck/iraq/france_iraq_rel_monde.html http://www.eurotrib.com/user/Jerome%20a%20Paris/diary/2 http://188.8.131.52/actufr/articles/038/article_19749.asp http://www.les4verites.com/libreinformation/click.php?url=articles.php?article_libre=15
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore (1991), "Church Chat" - Lyrics http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/lyrics/You_Can't_Do_That_On_Stage_Anymore_Vol_4.html#Church
„We are an enemy of the nuclear threat and we are an enemy of testing nuclear weapons in the South Pacific. New Zealand did not buy into this fight. France put agents into New Zealand. France put spies into New Zealand. France lets off bombs in the Pacific. France puts its President in the Pacific to crow about it.“
— David Lange New Zealand politician and 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand 1942 - 2005
Source: M. King, Death of the Rainbow Warrior (1986), p. 200. Referring to the Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.
— Pierre Trudeau 15th Prime Minister of Canada 1919 - 2000
Comment referring to the 1968 student protests in Paris, patterned after the 1967 remarks of Charles de Gaulle in Montreal on Quebec independence from Canada: "Vive le Québec libre!" (Long live free Quebec!), quoted in The Lima News (11 December 1968)
„France is herself Only in the winter, her naked self, without manners. In the fine weather, all the world can love her.“
— James Salter, livro A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime (1967)
„France is the only place where you can make love in the afternoon without people hammering on your door.“
— Barbara Cartland English writer and media personality 1901 - 2000
The Guardian (London, Dec. 24, 1984) http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/guardian/doc/186552723.html
— Lance Armstrong professional cyclist from the USA 1971
Context: Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things — whether health or a car or an old sense of self — has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers. As quoted in Forbes Magazine (3 December 2001)