PARIS Feb 3 France and Germany will present
joint proposals on euro zone governance for discussion at an EU
summit on Friday, a source in French President Nicolas Sarkozy's
office said on Thursday.
"We wish along with Germany that these commitments will be
taken by all the euro zone countries," said the source, who
added that France was hoping for an agreement on a package of
crisis measures by March or earlier.
The source said that France would support the introduction
of a minimum rate of corporate tax in the euro zone and that
proposals for reforming the European Financial Stability
Facility (EFSF) included allowing it to buy sovereign debt in
the primary or secondary markets.
France will also call for regular meetings once a year at
which euro zone heads of state and government could examine
progress in coordinating economic policy, the source said.
(Reporting by Catherine Bremer and Emmanuel Jarry; writing by
Daniel Flynn; editing by Tim Pearce)