“The collective capacity to stabilize the Libyan state will be decisive… It is necessary that there be agreement by all parties on the roadmap… We must bring justice to the Libyan people. We thought in the past that the intervention of foreign forces to put an end to the dictator’s regime was enough to settle the fate of a country … but it did not achieve stability for the country…As Libyans are suffering from the decisions we made at the time, we now have the responsibility to build stability in Libya, and it alone will provide a permanent solution to the issue of migration.” – Emmanuel Macron, Asharq Al-Awsat, 7 January 2018.
“France Gall has travelled through the ages thanks to her sincerity and generosity… She leaves behind songs known by every French person and the example of a life that was oriented towards others, those that she loved and those that she helped.” – Emmanuel Macron, The Citizen, 7 January 2018.
“Our democracies must be strong standing up to terrorism… But at the same time our democracies must completely protect the rule of law.” – Emmanuel Macron, Yahoo News, 5 January 2018.
“For relations with the European Union, it is clear that recent developments and choices allow no progress in the process… I’d be lying if I said we could open new chapters [in referrence to Turkey’s EU accession]” – Emmanuel Macron, AFP, 5 January 2018.
“We [with Recep Tayyip Erdogan] have had a very honest discussion on this subject… I hope we can take up a peaceful dialogue that would allow us to build a relationship which is essential in my eyes, both for ourselves and for the region… Democracies must fully respect the rule of law.” – Emmanuel Macron, AFP, 5 January 2018.
“I think this is the right method as it avoids divisions and once again allows us to preserve the collective interest… Each of us can have our own interests. That’s what the prisoner’s dilemma is all about. Everyone can have an interest in negotiating on their own, and think they can negotiate better than their neighbour… If we do that, it is probable that collectively we will create a situation which is unfavourable to the European Union and thus to each one of us.” – Emmanuel Macron, MSN, 5 January 2018.
“When fake news are spread, it will be possible to go to a judge…and if appropriate have content taken down, user accounts deleted and ultimately websites blocked…Platforms will have more transparency obligations regarding sponsored content to make public the identity of sponsors and of those who control them, but also limits on the amounts that can be used to sponsor this content.” – Emmanuel Macron, Eurasia Review, 5 January 2018.
“If we are not careful, we will end up surreptitiously rebuilding an ‘axis of evil’… What we need is a regional strategy which consists in finding ways to limit Iran’s influence in the Middle East.” – Emmanuel Macron, Focus-Fen, 5 January 2018.
“The current hype behind fake news is linked to the fascination for illiberal powers, and it is most of the time financed by the same powers… The democracy process is altered by this propaganda: the walls built between historical media and fake news are not working, as we have all seen during all presidential campaigns in our contemporary democracies” – Emmanuel Macron, EurActiv, 4 January 2018.
“The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war.” – Emmanuel Macron, NewsWeek, 4 January 2018.
“We are going to develop our legal means of protecting democracy against fake news…If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must have strong legislation.” – Emmanuel Macron, Deutsche Welle, 3 January 2018.
“The fight is not won today. … [Within the next few months, one thing was needed above all:] Clear victories for our armed forces against the terrorists.” – Emmanuel Macron, Deutsche Welle, 2 January 2018.
“I will ensure all voices, including contrary ones, are heard. But all the same, I will not stop acting.” – Emmanuel Macron, Fortune, 1 January 2017.
“I deeply believe Europe can become that economic, social, environmentally-friendly, scientific power that will be able to face China and the United States. … Europe is good for France. France can’t succeed without a strong Europe.” – Emmanuel Macron, The Guardian, 31 December 2017.
“Ask yourself every day what you can do for your country … I need that engagement.” – Emmanuel Macron, The Guardian, 31 December 2017.
“These profound transformations… will continue with the same strength, the same rhythm and the same intensity in 2018. … continue to do that for which you elected me.” – Emmanuel Macron, Citizen, 31 December 2017.
“Looking ahead, we could consider possible changes [changes in the relationship between mainland France and Corsica], and the prime minister has indicated this to Corsica’s leaders. … But these would come, as elsewhere, within the framework of the constitution. This republican framework does not allow us to say yes to certain demands, such as on residency rights or recognising Coriscan as the official language alongside French.” – Emmanuel Macron, EyeWitness News, 27 December 2017.
“You cannot pretend to be the guarantor of international order and get out of (an accord) as soon as it suits you [about Donald Trump].” – Emmanuel Macron, Daily Camera, 26 December 2017.
“For our society to get better, we need people who succeed. We shouldn’t be jealous of them, we should say: ‘fantastic’.” – Emmanuel Macron, Sputnik News, 26 December 2017.
“We must exit the state of emergency. It was efficient in the first weeks, first months after the terror attacks But it cannot be prolonged indefinitely. Our challenge is to efficiently protect the French people against the permanent terror threat in the framework of the common right. The measures of this law are meant to be of limited amount and are targeted, proportional and linked exclusively to the purposes of prevention and fight against terrorism.” – Emmanuel Macron, Sputnik News, 26 December 2017.
“France is interested in talks with Iran on the regional developments and is pleased with the good ties between the two countries’ ministries.” – Emmanuel Macron, Fars News, 24 December 2017.