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Published on January 28, 2014
Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, at the Institut français

Rome, January 24, 2014


We then discussed a major issue, namely the climate conference, or to be more precise climate change. So France will be keen to ensure the climate conference can be a success. It’s not simply about hosting it: a global, universal agreement must be reached on its conclusion, enabling the targets to be achieved. It’s not merely a matter between states.

I wanted the religious authorities, and therefore the Pope himself, to be able to send this message. I didn’t need to insist, because Pope Francis is currently writing a text and ensuring that nature can be regarded as belonging to all humanity, with all the precautions human behaviour must bring with it. He himself used a phrase, and I quote: “God always forgives, we sometimes forgive, but when nature – creation – is mistreated, she never forgives.” Let’s keep in mind at least the last part of the phrase, because it’s true. So we totally agree that we must play an active role in ensuring the success of this conference. (…)./.

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