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A collection of François Mitterrand quotes and sayings on France, Europe, east, war, world, opportunity, history, socialism, communists, life, strong, politics, etc.

9 Top François Mitterrand Quotes

Quick Facts

Famous As: Former President of France

Born On: October 26, 1916

Died On: January 8, 1996

Born In: Jarnac

Founder / Co Founder: Socialist Party, Musée d'Orsay, Arte

Died At Age: 79

François Maurice Adrien Marie Mitterrand was a French politician who served as President of France during 1981-1995. He was the longest serving French president. Mitterrand began his political life on the Catholic nationalist right. He Subsequently joined the 'Resistance,' moved to the left ideology, and held ministerial office several times. Mitterrand was a smart politician and outmaneuvered his rivals to play an important role in almost every presidential election from 1965 to 1988. he was elected President for the first time in May 1981, re-elected in 1988, and held office until 1995. He partenered with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to quicken European integration. He was a strong promoter of culture and implemented a range of reforms. We have collected François Mitterrand's famous quotes and sayings from his speeches, interviews, writings, etc.
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Communism is born out of misery, and if the West does not show more understanding, those people will take up arms and turn to others, that is the Soviet Union.

François Mitterrand

I started my political life in the Resistance. It was there that I had my first responsibility.

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

France could have all the socialism its capitalistic economy could support.

François Mitterrand

A man loses contact with reality if he is not surrounded by his books.

François Mitterrand

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show the world ... that when one has the will one can succeed in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.

François Mitterrand

Nationalism is war. - in arguing to strengthen the federal powers of the European Union

François Mitterrand

The problem is that the East is producing missiles and the West is producing pacifists.

François Mitterrand