Nicolas Sarkozy outlined some of his priorities during his victory speech to supporters. “I will be president for all French people and will speak for each and every one of them. I want to say that it’s not the victory of one France over another.” He also vowed to push ahead with fundamental change. “I want to restore work, authority, morality, respect. I want to bring back national honour and identity. I will make French people proud again.
He also spoke about the future of Europe. “I sincerely believe in European construction and tonight France is back in Europe. I urge our European partners not to remain deaf to the anger of people who see the European Union not as a protector but as a Trojan horse, of all the threats that come with a changing world.”
And Sarkozy had a message about future relations with the US. “I want to tell them that France will always be by their side when they need us. But I want to also tell them that friendship means accepting that friends are able to think differently.” He also said the US should not be “an obstacle” in the fight against climate change, but become a “leader” in the battle.