BERLIN, April 5 Germany is confident France will
stick to European Union rules on targets to cut its public
deficit, a German finance ministry spokesman said on Friday, a
day after Paris urged Berlin to grant it more time to hit the
"There are rules in the EU that apply for all. It's mostly
down to the EU Commission to evaluate how to proceed further.
Then the members of the EU council will look at it," said Martin
Kotthaus, spokesman for Germany's finance ministry.
"We have full confidence that France will fulfill its treaty
France has acknowledged it will miss a 2013 goal of bringing
its deficit down to 3 percent of output and wants its EU
partners - notably Germany, the euro zone's largest economy - to
give it another year to meet the target.