France’s Le Maire pro­motes French ‘bud­get cuts’ to eu­ro­zone part­ners

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

French Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bruno Le Maire firmly de­fended France’s probusi­ness re­forms to eu­ro­zone min­is­ters yes­ter­day that he said would put France back on track in Europe.

In un­usu­ally can­did lan­guage, and speak­ing in English, Le Maire said “France is back” and will be stronger in Europe thanks to tough re­forms that were met with protests in Paris and other cities ear­lier this week.

The re­forms are widely in­ter­preted in EU cir­cles as the a con­di­tion set by pow­er­ful Ger­many for fur­ther in­te­gra­tion of the eu­ro­zone, a wish of French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

Le Maire is also ru­moured as a pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor to Dutch Fi­nance Min­is­ter Jeroen Di­js­sel­bloem to head the Eurogroup of eu­ro­zone fi­nance min­is­ters. “We are tak­ing very im­por­tant de­ci­sions now in France,” Le Maire told re­porters as he ar­rived for talks with his eu­ro­zone coun­ter­parts in Tallinn, Es­to­nia.

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