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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: C’est l’heure du réveil, Monsieur Hollande !

by Gérald Rossi

"It’s time to wake up", Mr Hollande!

Translated Friday 14 August 2015, by Adrian Jordan

“France (will be) at the side of the Greek people”, the Elysée assured the delegation from the Left Front last week when they challenged the president over France’s role in the Greek affair.

Since every day that passes could bring us closer to an accord that will allow the whole of Europe to break the chains of austerity, the French government should throw all its weight into the negotiations.

If Michel Sapin affirms the will to “preserve Athens’ interests”, why did he participate in Saturday’s unlawful conduct of the Eurogroup, in the absence of Yanis Varoufakis, helping to endorse the ultimatum of the European financial institutions?

Though, since the start of negotiations François Hollande has claimed to act as mediator between the Greek government and the members of the ex-Troika, France’s reticence in the Eurogroup debates has, in fact, worked against Greece, in the favour of the usurers.

Can yesterday’s decision by the ECB to further assist Greece get the French government to act? Today, François Hollande has convened a special committee, while yesterday, Manuel Valls declared a political accord was still possible.

Gérald Rossi

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