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French Prime Minister Calls for ‘National Unity’ to Save Euro

December 12, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- French Prime Minister Francois Fillon called for “national unity” to fend off attacks against the euro currency and for politicians to back the Dec. 9 agreement between European Union leaders.

“We must today show national unity in the face of markets, attacks against the euro zone and in the face of all dangers threatening us,” Fillon said in a speech in Saint-Dizier in eastern France. A copy of the speech was sent by e-mail by his press office.

The prime minister was speaking after the Socialist Party’s candidate for next year’s presidential elections, Francois Hollande, said today he would revise the Dec. 9 accord if elected in May and add a measure to ensure the European Central Bank’s role in defending the euro. Hollande is the frontrunner according to all opinion polls published in the past three months.

--Editors: Louis Meixler, Fergal O’Brien.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at vroot@bloomberg.net


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