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Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem (L) with new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and France's Michel Sapin this week
11/07/2015 - FRANCE - GREeCE - Germany

France had major influence on Greek euro proposals, reports

France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin met his Greek counterpart Euclid Tsakalotos before Saturday's meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers, confirming reports that French leaders played a major role ...
Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) with Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron
10/07/2015 - FRANCE

French government rams through economy law against left opposition

France's government has resorted to enabling legislation to ram through economic reforms that have aroused opposition on the left of the ruling Socialist Party.
MEPs show support for Greece's "no" to austerity this week
10/07/2015 - FRANCE - GREeCE

French leaders call for deal on 'serious' Greek budget proposals

French President François Hollande on Friday hailed Greece's latest proposals on its debt as "serious" and "credible" on Friday morning.
MEPs hold placards during a speech by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras before the Parliament in Strasbourg, 8 July 2015.
08/07/2015 - GREECE - France

French exposure to Greek default would total 65 billion euros: senate commission

France’s exposure to a Greek debt default would total 65 billion euros, the Senate’s finance commission said Wednesday.

The National Bank of Greece says the banks will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
07/07/2015 - GREECE - France

France 'can’t take the risk' of Greek exit from euro, says PM Valls

France “can’t take the risk” of Greece leaving the eurozone, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said as eurozone leaders were to hold an emergency summit on Greeks' defiant 'No' ...
Charalambos Tsardanidis, director of the Institute of International Economic Relations
06/07/2015 - GREECE

Greece can only survive within the eurozone, analyst says

The massive support for a 'No' to European debt-restructuring programmes and calls for a "Grexit" and a return to the drachma are unrealistic and will lead to only more misery for the common man, an analyst tells RFI.

In France, 60 per cent of executives responded to a recent survey that they believe unemployment will rise in the coming months
06/07/2015 - FRANCE

French executives brace for impact of Greek crisis on European, French economies

Six out of ten executives in France believe that unemployment will rise in the coming months, according to a survey released Monday which also shows a concern for the consequences of the Greek ...
Supporters of the 'No' vote celebrate their victory in the city centre of Athens, 5 July 2015
06/07/2015 - FRANCE - GREECE

ECB financing for Greece 'cannot be lowered', French finance minister says

Financing provided by the European Central Bank to Greece "cannot be lowered," French finance minister Michel Sapin warned Monday ahead of a meeting by the bank after Greek voters rejected ...
The First Secondary School, Athens, ready for the voters on 5 July 2015
05/07/2015 - Report: Greece - European Union

Fear and defiance in Athens as Greeks vote in historic referendum

Nearly 10 million Greek voters were entitled to vote in Sunday’s historic referendum, which may profoundly alter the relationship between Athens and Brussels.
A Greek woman leaves the polling booth in Athens on Sunday 5 July
05/07/2015 - FRANCE - GReECE

EU should negotiate with Greece if No wins referendum, French minister

Europe should continue to negotiate with Greece even if the No wins in Sunday's referendum, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said as Greeks voted on the terms for their country's debt bailout.