„The first time that I went to the United States was in 1974... I was 20 years old. America was in crisis. The dollar was at a low. The Watergate scandal had already erupted. And I still remember this vision I had of New York, which was a huge, fascinating city, dirty and violent. And I’ve been to the U. S. regularly, but what impresses me most in this large nation is its capacity to overcome hardship and return to the heights.“
— François Hollande
As quoted in [http://time.com/4936/exclusive-france-president-francois-hollande-time/ "Exclusive: President François Hollande Talks Syria, Spies and Secrets With TIME"] (5 February 2014), by Catherine Mayer, Time.