French President Hollande ‘deeply regrets’ comments made in tell-all book

PARIS, French President Francois Hollande said he “deeply regrets” the comments he made in a tell-all book insulting the nation’s justice system.

President Republic of France Mr. Francois Hollande speaks at the Paris Agreement on Climate Change meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City on April 22, 2016. Hollande said he “deeply regrets” comments made in a tell-all book in which he criticized the French judicial system and made negative remarks about former president Nicolas Sarkozy. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

The book, called A President Should Not Say That, was written by Le Monde journalists Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme from 61 recorded conversations they had with Hollande over the past four years.

Hollande called France’s justice system “a cowardly institution” and insulted judges by accusing them of “keeping their heads down.”

“I deeply regret what has been taken as an insult by judges, whose courage and devotion to their difficult work I admire every day,” Hollande said.

Hollande also said there is a “problem with Islam,” and called ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy a “Duracell bunny” who is “always fussing.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the fallout from the book is “not good for politics and for democracy.”

By Sarah Mulé