'French not moving an inch', says Merkel: report

21st October 2011, Comments 0 comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has complained that France is not budging at all in negotiations to resolve the Eurozone debt crisis, according to a German newspaper report Friday.

"The French are not moving an inch," she is reported to have said to a small circle of people Thursday, according to the mass-circulation Bild daily.

Bild is published by the Springer group which is managed by Friede Springer, a friend of Merkel's.

However, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert denied the chancellor had uttered the sentence.

"It's not true, this wasn't said at any moment to anyone," he told a regular government news conference.

Talks paving the way for Sunday's crunch summit of European Union leaders in Brussels have stalled over differences between Paris and Berlin on the eurozone's 440-billion-euro (605-billion-dollar) fund.

A second summit has been announced for October 26.

© 2011 AFP

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