How would you say "I care about you" in French, by which you mean to whom it is directed at that their well-being and happiness are of concern to you?
Specifically, I want to capture these types of situations:
- showing concern for a friend who has fallen into difficult circumstances
- a parent explaining to a child who feels alone and fears abandonment that everything's okay
- explaining to a lover that your gestures of affection come from a sincere place
I presume for the last, « je tiens à toi » is spot on. My French is poor so I am unable to appreciate the strength of the sentiment.