| Europe started out with six countries; three small countries and three large countries.
| Let them be reassured, it has never been one of our intentions to ban religion in society, but solely to protect the national education system from any conspicuous display of religious affiliation.
| It's a different outlook, and one that I understand. When you are a former member of the Warsaw Pact, when you have lived behind the Berlin Wall, when you have experienced the communist systems that existed in these countries, for them, the West represents hope.
| It's true that the question of Iraq divided Europe.
| The Europe we are in the process of building is the Europe of the 21st century; it's not the Europe of the 20th century.
| A country like France now does two-thirds of its trade within the euro zone.
| We would like UN resolutions to be enforced, including on Iraq.
| There have been major disagreements within the European Union.
| The United States, for a French citizen, is a friend, an ally, to whom we owe, along with most Europeans, our freedom.
| What's very important is that we build a space that matters in the world, one that operates according to democratic rules, and that small and large countries enjoy a good relationship.
| I tell fundamentalists that there is no question of them attacking our Republic's foundations.
| We feel an enormous sense of gratitude towards the American people.
| Prohibiting a visible religious sign, which isn't a manifestation of militancy, would look like a fight against religions.
| France has a very important relationship with Germany. But that does not mean that we agree about everything or that two of our universities or companies are not going to compete.
| This constitution recognises the need for social dialogue involving labour and management; it involves trade unions in the decision-making process; it has a social vision founded on social dialogue.
| I think that we must come together progressively, with the British, the Germans, the Spanish, the Italians and with the new members of the European Union, we must make an effort to forge closer links.
| But the Republic has its rules and it must not tolerate any abuse of them.
| We have come a long way in terms of foreign policy.
| We shall say clearly that any symbol conspicuously displaying religious affiliation in school is prohibited.
| I believe that transatlantic relations are very important and that President Bush's visit to Brussels, in a few days, will have a major impact on that.