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NOW FRANCE THINKS IT CAN TELL GREECE WHAT TO DO WITH ITS MONEY
August 26 2012
Paris, France – For the last two years or so there has been shortage of people lined up to pick on Greece. That behaviour, though, is pretty well earned. With essentially no money, crazy-high unemployment, and a population that still doesn’t seem to understand how dire their situation is Greece has been pretty obstinate about getting things right.
That appeared to change when the country voted in a new government, a government in favour of austerity and bailouts from the European Union under Antonis Samaras. Despite that, and despite very clear statements about their commitment to restoring economic fluidity to the country, people still seem to be picking on Greece, even the French.
Speaking in Paris, new French President Francois Hollande made it clear that he would not accept simple platitudes from Greece, that the country would have to implement concrete and decisive actions to make sure their economy stayed stable, something the Greek government has said it is going to do, said it over and over again in fact and wishes the people would stop bugging them about, especially the new guy because that just ain’t right.
“We've been facing this question for two and a half years, there's no time to lose, there are commitments to reaffirm on both sides, decisions to take, and the sooner the better,” said Hollande who has only actually been dealing with it for a couple of months. “Greece must demonstrate once again that its actions are credible.”
Greek officials did not respond in public but are said to be very, very angry at the way France is making them feel bad about things.
Germany has been the chief financier of Greece and France is in the midst of major economic trouble itself so they, Greece believes, really should be saying anything to anyone.
“Unless Greece gets things together now, and this is really the time for things to get better, things just won’t get better and they need to understand that even if it takes everyone coming an saying so. I know Greece has said they are going to do things to make things better but they have said that all along and not done any of that stuff so if this irritates them but gets the job done then so be it,” said Scrape TV European analyst Gillian Weismann. “We are talking about the future of the continent after all so it’s really not too much to ask that they do those basic things, however hearing it from France, that’s potentially problematic.”
France has recently been downgraded in its credit rating and stands to drop even further in the future.
“No one wants to take crap from France, like no one, not even Greece and so they are going to be understandably a little agitated by France, especially with the new guy, telling them the same things everyone has been telling them over and over again. There comes a time when it’s just too much,” continued Weisman. “Maybe France should shut up but maybe Greece should just do what they are being told to do and then they won’t have to listen to France and their stupid big French mouths. Just do it Greece, do it.”
Greece is apparently considering not doing anything if France continues to talk and France apparently has no intentions of shutting up.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent