I understand French very well. It is harder with some of the technical terms but je peux parler tres bien francais, mais je ne sais pais le vocabulaire parce ce que j'ai oublie. I see it as a positive, not a negative.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland 23/03/2010
It's too bad the French don't have a word for entrepreneur.
George W Bush 26/05/2002
To one of his aides on his first-ever visit to France
This is a great day for France.
At de Gaulle's funeral.
My belief is, from all that I have seen of the French people and their Government, that they are much more likely to presume upon our weakness than to take offence at our strength.
Mrs Thatcher tells us she has given the French President a piece of her mind... not a gift I would receive with alacrity.
Denis Healey 05/09/1989
Ah, Francois, it's you. You are with me.
Margaret Thatcher 10/04/1982
To Francois Mitterand, who had pledged her his support on the Falklands conflict
To accuse Mrs Thatcher of wishing to torpedo Europe because she defends the interests of her country with great determination is to question her underlying intentions in the same way that people used to question those of de Gaulle in regard to French interests.
Human rights did not begin with the French Revolution, [they] really stem from a mixture of Judaism and Christianity. [we English] had 1688, our quiet revolution, where Parliament exerted its will over the King. It was not the sort of revolution that France's was - 'Liberty, quality, fraternity' - they forgot obligations and duties I think. And then, of course the fraternity went missing for a long time.
Margaret Thatcher 1989
In the same period that the Americans have lived under one constitution our French friends notched up five. A Punch cartoon has a 19th century Englishman asking a librarian for a copy of the French constitution, only to be told: 'I am sorry Sir, we do not stock periodicals.'
Margaret Thatcher 08/03/1991
Speech to American Conservatives Institute