Hopes for sup­port from Hol­lande on re­forms, debt

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French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande is due in Athens this af­ter­noon for a two-day visit dur­ing which he is ex­pected to ex­press sup­port for Greece’s re­form drive and in­ter­est in in­vest­ments.

Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman Olga Gerovasili de­scribed the visit as of “high po­lit­i­cal sym­bol­ism” and ex­pec­ta­tions were high amid the ranks of the gov­ern­ment that Hol­lande, widely re­garded as an ally of Greece, would is­sue a strong state­ment of sup­port.

Trav­el­ing with a del­e­ga­tion of top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and en­trepreneurs, Hol­lande is ex­pected to demon­strate France’s in­ter­est in join­ing Greece’s pri­va­ti­za­tion pro­gram.

Af­ter meet­ing Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los this evening, he is to meet to­mor­row morn­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras be­fore de­liv­er­ing a speech in Par­lia­ment which is ex­pected to touch on Greece’s re­form ef­forts, the coun­try’s debt and the refugee cri­sis. There are hopes that a strong state­ment by Hol­lande on Greece’s debt could spur a dis­cus­sion about re­lief.

Ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, Tsipras and Hol­lande will sign a dec­la­ra­tion af­ter their talks. The pact is ex­pected to fore­see France of­fer­ing tech­ni­cal know-how in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, tax­a­tion and re­forms; a boost­ing of bi­lat­eral trade; and closer co­op­er­a­tion in tech­nol­ogy, in­fras­truc­ture, tourism, agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture.

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