United States - Appointment of John Kerry as Secretary of State of the United States of America – Statement by Laurent Fabius (Paris, 21 December 2012)
"I offer my warmest congratulations to John Kerry, whom President Obama has appointed to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. The French are aware of his competence, his experience on difficult international issues, and his qualities as a man of dialogue. I also know how personally committed he is to Franco-American friendship.
In line with the values that unite our two countries and our shared commitment to freedom, peace and security, I will be very happy to work with John Kerry as soon as he assumes his position."