France's Hollande in visit to bolster struggling Greece

French President Francois Hollande will be accompanied on his trip to Greece by at least four members of his cabinet including Finance Minister Michel Sapin, and a number of business chiefsFrench President Francois Hollande on Thursday begins a two-day visit to Athens, bringing badly-needed support to the Greek leftist government during tough talks with EU-IMF auditors. Hollande, who was last in Athens in 2013, will be accompanied by at least four members of his cabinet including Finance Minister Michel Sapin, and a number of business chiefs. Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili said the French president’s visit confirmed a “special relationship” forged during “difficult moments” in negotiations between Greece and its European peers earlier this year.

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