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.
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.
The United States, for a French citizen, is a friend, an ally, to whom we owe, along with most Europeans, our freedom.
I am a believer, but I affirm that in public buildings the law of the Republic overrides religious rules.
We shall say clearly that any symbol conspicuously displaying religious affiliation in school is prohibited.
But the Republic has its rules and it must not tolerate any abuse of them.