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Hollande Says Socialist Victory to Show Way in Europe Elections

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Francois Hollande, the front runner in France’s presidential race, said a victory of the Socialist Party could provide an impulse for other majority changes in Italy or Germany in coming elections.

“The change can exist,” Hollande said in an interview on TF1 national television today. “It will be easier if I can show the way with the help of French people.”

Hollande, who reiterated his promise to renegotiate the European Union’s fiscal treaty, said the discussion with “conservative” partners, including Germany, “will be difficult.”

He repeated his call to include measures to spur growth in the new treaty now under ratification across Europe.

“We need this treaty, but renegotiated, complete with a growth dimension,” Hollande said, calling for a “reorientation” of Europe’s economic measures.

France’s two-round presidential elections will be held in April and May.

To contact the reporters on this story: Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at vroot@bloomberg.net

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