Sapin says France ready to help find deal with Greece

Finance Minister Michel Sapin says France is ready to immediately become a go-between between Greece and its international creditors to avoid a further collapse of the bailout negotiations and find a belated agreement.

The finance ministers of the eurozone on Saturday refused to grant Greece a one-month extension to its bailout program, bringing Greece closer to being unable to make debt payments due as soon as Tuesday. Greece rejected a proposal from international creditors on reforms needed to keep bailout funds coming.

“France is available today, tomorrow, the day after, as from the start, to be a go-between to find an agreement that is solid,» Sapin said. «I say it with conviction: France is today ready to make sure that at any time the dialogue can resume.”