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Sarkozy: Europe shocked by Greek referendum

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Nicolas Sarkozy says the calling of a referendum in Athens on whether Greece should accept the latest international bailout for its economy came as a “surprise” to the whole of Europe.

The French leader maintains the agreement on the Greek bailout reached in Brussels is the only option.

“France wants to repeat that the plan adopted last Thursday unanimously by the 17 member states of the euro zone is the only way to resolve the problem of the Greek debt,” he said.

“Giving a voice to the people is always legitimate, but solidarity between eurozone countries can only exist if everyone agrees on the necessary efforts.”

With a new flurry of diplomatic activity, it is obvious that the Greek prime minister has put a massive spoke in Europe’s wheel.