French ambassador reiterates France’s support to Greece

13 January 2016
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French Ambassador to Greece Christophe Chantepy sent a message of support and hope that Greece will exit the crisis in 2016, at an event held on Tuesday at the ambassador’s residence to celebrate the New Year.

In 2016, as in 2015, France will continue to support Greece, said the French envoy noting that Europe can’t exist without Greece and Greece can’t exist without Europe.

Moreover, he stressed that Greece should continue with the implementation of the difficult but necessary reforms along with France’s assistance as was the case with the signing of July 13 agreement. He particularly referred to the reform in the social security system as well as to the modernisation of the public administration. We will continue together the common strategy, he said and made a special reference to the agreement between French President Francois Hollande and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during Hollande’s visit to Athens last October.

Chantepy referred to the agreement for the climate signed in Paris last December and the agreement for the nuclear control in Iran as hopeful messages for the new year.

Chantepy’s closed his speech in Greek saying “I hope to return the love that the Greeks have offered us with our support” and made reference to the warm welcome he experienced in Greece during the first four months of his tenure.

Greek parliament president Nikos Voutsis, who attended the event, said “the human side that the ambassador showed in his very emotional speech goes along with diplomacy…and this is something we need because we had enough cynicism.”

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