My problem is how to find the best way of being useful.
I cannot resign myself to the decline of Europe, and of France.
Yes, the European model remains superior to that of America and Japan.
The unions may continue to decline, but if they do, it'll be their fault.
The European model is in danger if we obliterate the principle of personal responsibility.
For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility.
This weakening is worsened by the widening distance between the governed and their governments.
Therefore one should speak at the same time of national citizenship and wider European citizenship.
I had to think whether, after 50 years of hard slog, I was still lucid and fresh enough for the job.
This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything.