France: It's up to Greece to decide whether to leave euro

January 5, 2015 10:10 AM

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PARIS (AP) — France's president has raised the possibility of Greece leaving the shared euro currency, but says that's a decision for "Greece alone" to make.

Some in Europe have expressed concern that if the left-wing Syriza party wins this month's general election in Greece, the new government may renege on terms of a hugely expensive international bailout plan. That has revived questions about Greece's fitness to stay in the euro.

Francois Hollande said on France-Inter radio Monday that Greece's new leaders "will have to respect the commitments made by their country."

French President Francois Hollande prepares to answer a reporter's question during a live interview on French radio station France Inter in Paris Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere/Pool)

But he insisted that it's not up to others to say whether the result of the Greek vote means they should or shouldn't keep using the euro currency.


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