Hollande calls for ‘global and lasting accord’ with Greece

302px-François_Hollande_(Journées_de_Nantes_2012)French President Francois Hollande on Monday called for a “global and lasting accord” with Greece ahead of an emergency eurozone summit on the country’s debt crisis.

“I don’t want a partial or limited agreement. I am for a global and lasting accord,” Hollande said, adding France would “do all” it could to help reach a deal at the crunch talks in Brussels.

If an agreement is not reached by the end of the summit, Hollande said he hoped that “the foundations could be laid for a possible deal in the coming days.”

After five months of negotiations that have not yielded an agreement, the main players in the Greek debt crisis are gathering for talks in Brussels later Monday aimed at preventing Greece from defaulting.

France’s Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Monday hailed the “quality work” in Greece’s latest proposals to end the debt crisis.

“I see the work that has been done. It is quality work,” Sapin told French radio. “A deal requires both sides to evolve. This work is underway and is being undertaken in good conditions.”

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