French President Francois Hollande accepted the invitation of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to visit Greece. The news was reported on Friday morning, however it is not known yet when exactly the visit will take place.
Considering the important decisions on Greece like the Troika report, the release of 31-billion euro bailout tranche and Greece’s future in euro zone, are still due, theoretically Hollande should come to Athens before the next EU Summit. For the usual staff: Declare support to Samaras’ government and hail its efforts to solve the crisis.
Hollande is being considered a friend of Greece. Therefore I suppose that the debt-ridden country will save money as it will not be necessary to deploy 7,000 policemen at a cost of 2 million euro, as Greece did during the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Of course, Francois Hollande is a friend of Greece as he withholds against Germany’s ambitions to solely rule Europe.
However, if Hollande comes wearing Merkel’s old jacket… well… there won’t be guarantee for a peaceful and cheering welcome.
Antonis Samaras had visited Paris in late August. According to protocol, the host pays a visit to the guest.