Greek debt crisis: France’s 'hands-on' help is denied by Paris

Meanwhile, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President, U-turned on his previous criticism of President François Hollande for being too soft on the Greeks

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France has been at the forefront of efforts in recent days to try to keep a deal with Greece on track. This was apparently on full display with media reports that French officials were on hand in Athens to help finalise proposals to Greece’s creditors.

BFMTV in France claimed a source had told it that: “A handful of Frenchmen… are manoeuvring by the sides of Greece’s new Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos”.

However, the Élysée Palace told The Independent: “There is absolutely not a French task force there… no one has been sent from Paris.”

Meanwhile, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President, U-turned on his previous criticism of President François Hollande for being too soft on the Greeks.

He told the TV channel TF1 that he “shared the point of view of Hollande”, adding “everything must be done to find a solution”.

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