Happy New Years,

Today’s quote is from the New Years Speech to France

“Don’t believe, dear compatriots, those who suggest that we should leave the euro… The end of the euro would be the end of Europe,” Sarkozy said.

“I will fight with all my strength against this step backwards that would undo 60 years of European construction which brought peace and fraternity to the continent,” he added.

Sarkozy also said he would not let France follow other European countries that suffered debt crises this year, and promised to stick to plans for returning state finances to health.

“The countries that lived above their means without thinking about tomorrow paid a heavy price. My primary duty is to protect France from this prospect,” Sarkozy said.