Greece cannot play France off against Germany: minister

February 3, 2015 7:16 PM

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Greece cannot play France off against Germany: minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France's finance minister warned Athens against any attempt to play Paris off against Berlin over Greece's debt crisis, saying a Franco-German agreement was key to striking a deal that would help Greeks and ensure they met their commitments.

Greece's demand for time to negotiate a "new deal" with its EU peers is reasonable as long as it comes up quickly with the basis for a reform plan that can be gradually beefed up, Michel Sapin told Reuters in an interview a day after he met Athens' new finance minister.

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