August 30, 2014 / 11:06 AM / 3 years ago

Left-leaning leaders back Italy's Mogherini for EU job: Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's left-leaning national leaders will back Italy's Federica Mogherini for the sensitive post of the European Union's top foreign policy representative at a summit on Saturday, French President Francois Hollande said.

Hollande, speaking after pre-summit talks in Paris, said he had "high hopes" that Mogherini - whom some eastern EU states have criticized as being too soft on Russia - would be confirmed at the subsequent meeting in Brussels.

Reporting by Mark John; Editing by Natalie Huet

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