PARIS, April 9 France's new prime minister,
Manuel Valls, said on Wednesday he would clarify in the next few
days the pace at which the country would reduce its public
Valls unveiled planned tax and public spending cuts on
Tuesday, vowing to bring France's public deficit down while
resisting outright austerity.
"We will detail our budget trajectory in the next few days,"
Valls told BFM TV.
When asked if he would request that the European Union grant
more time to bring France's deficit down from 4.3 percent of GDP
to 3 percent by 2015, Valls said: "There are discussions with
(French Finance Minister) Michel Sapin and (EU) Commissioner
(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by John Irish; Editing
by James Regan)