Nicolas Sarkozy on France's Christian Roots in a Speech at the Lateran Church of Saint John in Rome
December 20, 2007
With the baptism of Clovis, France became the eldest daughter of the church. Its a fact. By making Clovis the first Christian sovereign, that event had important consequences for destiny of France and for the Christianization of Europe. Following that turning point, French sovereigns repeatedly had occasion to demonstrate the deep ties which connected them to the church and the successors of Peter. Beyond the facts of history, France has had a particular relationship with the Holy See above all because the Christian faith penetrated deeply into French society, into its culture, its towns, its mode of life, its architecture, its literature. The roots of France are essentially Christian.