PARLIAMENT OF FRANCE
November 7, 1996
Distinguished Leaders of France:
In what I now say to you, I draw from the speeches, the writings, and the letters of the greatest economist of the twentieth century. Your courtesy may require you to hear politely the words I now speak. But I beg you to believe me, that all the arguments I shall make in your presence are distilled from the wisdom of the master himself. The ideas I set before you originate in the proven genius of an extraordinary teacher, a selfless servant of the French people, and a peerless citizen of the world -- in the words of General de Gaulle -- “une poète de finance.”
I speak of Jacques Rueff.