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French President Francois Hollande makes a statement on television following attacks in Paris, FranceReuters

As we approach the end of 2015, here is a look back at some of the quotes from the year that was.

France is at war. These attacks were war. It was an attack against our values, against our youth and our way of life.

Francois Hollande, French president, after the Paris attacks by Isis.

The National movement is without doubt the first party in France.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, after her party topped the polls in the first round of France's regional elections.

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, speaking in the first person in remarks his rival Jeb Bush called "unhinged".

I refuse to act as if this is the new normal [...] At some point as a country, we have to reckon with what happens. It's not enough to express sympathy. You don't see this kind of murder, on this scale, with this kind of frequency in other advanced countries on earth.

Barack Obama, the US president, speaking after the Charleston church shooting.

The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's hardline prime minister, ahead of the country's election, in controversial remarks for which he later apologised.

It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.

Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey to EPSN after losing her bantamweight title by knockout to Holly Holm in an upset that ended her unbeaten run.

I don't know what to do. I trusted the government too much. I won't touch stocks again.

Yang Cheng, a Chinese farmer, talking to CNBC after he lost his life's savings when China's markets crashed.

My name and picture were all over the news yet I was able to stay in their homeland, plan operations against them and leave safely when doing so became necessary.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian-born Isis terrorist who masterminded the Paris attacks in November, on returning to Europe from Syria – before he was killed by French police in a shootout.

Only Allah knows why they did it, and I guess Allah decided to punish the ruling elite in Turkey by stripping them of their sanity.

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, after Turkish forces shot down a Russian jet near their border with Syria.

I can't believe I'm standing here with another Serena Slam.

Serena Williams after winning the women's singles at Wimbledon for the sixth time and claiming for a second time the so-called "Serena Slam" by winning all four majors in a 12-month period – again.

I believe in you, I believe in Ukip, I believe we're going to score a famous victory on May 7.

Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip, speaking in February before the party lost one of its two seats in the House of Commons at the 2015 general election.

Yes, for all intents and purposes, I'm a woman.

Olympian swimmer and reality TV star Bruce Jenner to ABC News, before formally transitioning to Caitlyn Jenner.

I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.

Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion on a Zimbabwe hunting trip, in a letter apologising to his patients.

That thing where you log in to the internet for a second and see people idolising the guy who raped you as a feminist. That thing sucks. James Deen held me down and f****d me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can't nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.

The porn star Stoya on Twitter when she became the first of several women to make rape allegations against Deen, the world's most famous male porn star, which he denies.

#JeSuisCharlie

The wildly popular hashtag in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, after 12 people were murdered by Islamist extremists in an attack on its Paris office.

You ain't no Muslim, bruv.

Witness of an attack by a man shouting "this is for Syria" as he slashed the throat of a Tube passenger at Leytonstone underground station.

If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot. With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die.

Collins Wetangula, the vice chairman of the student union at Garissa University in Kenya, where the militant group Al-Shabaab murdered scores of non-Muslim students.

People have offered me help, but that help should not go to me. It should go to all in Kobani, to everyone living here.

Abdullah Kurdi, the father of Alan Kurdi (originally reported as 'Aylan Kurdi) whose death in the Aegean Sea shocked the world into action over Syria's refugee crisis.

There can be no tolerance of those who question the dignity of other people. There is no tolerance of those who are not ready to help, where, for legal and humanitarian reasons, help is due.

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, on the plight of refugees from Syria.

The sovereign Greek people today have given a clear, strong, indisputable mandate. Greece has turned a page. Greece is leaving behind the destructive austerity, fear and authoritarianism. It is leaving behind five years of humiliation and pain.

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the far-left Syriza party, after his election as Greek prime minister in January 2015.

I think the secretary of state is right, the American people are sick and tired about hearing about your damn emails.

Bernie Sanders, a Democrat candidate for the presidential nomination, about his rival Hilary Clinton, who is dogged by a scandal over her use of a private email account for official business.

No one can say Iran surrendered. The deal is a legal, technical and political victory for Iran. It's an achievement that Iran won't be called a world threat anymore.

Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, after the historic Iran Nuclear Deal.