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French leader Hollande says he supports Greece's request to negotiate easier debt terms

  • French President Francois Hollande talks with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Hollande called Thursday for talks on relieving Greece’s crushing debt load and investment, in combination with the harsh austerity measures international creditors have demanded over the past five years in return for vital rescue loans. (Yannis Kolesidis/Pool photo via AP)

    French President Francois Hollande talks with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Hollande called Thursday for talks on relieving Greeceā€™s crushing debt load and investment, in combination with the harsh austerity measures international creditors have demanded over the past five years in return for vital rescue loans. (Yannis Kolesidis/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras, right,  and French President Francois Hollande, arrive for a press conference after their meeting in Athens, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Hollande called Thursday for talks relieving Greece's crushing debt load and spurring investment, measures that could help the country recover as it imposes harsh austerity measures demanded by international creditors.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris10

    Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and French President Francois Hollande, arrive for a press conference after their meeting in Athens, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Hollande called Thursday for talks relieving Greece's crushing debt load and spurring investment, measures that could help the country recover as it imposes harsh austerity measures demanded by international creditors.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris10  (The Associated Press)

  • French President Francois Hollande, left, and Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras enter Maximos mansion before their meeting in Athens, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Hollande called Thursday for talks relieving Greece's crushing debt load and spurring investment, measures that could help the country recover as it imposes harsh austerity measures demanded by international creditors.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    French President Francois Hollande, left, and Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras enter Maximos mansion before their meeting in Athens, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Hollande called Thursday for talks relieving Greece's crushing debt load and spurring investment, measures that could help the country recover as it imposes harsh austerity measures demanded by international creditors.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande says his government supports Greece's request to start negotiations with bailout lenders by the end of the year for better debt repayment terms.

Hollande, on the second day of a visit to Greece on Friday, said the talks should start after bailout inspectors complete a review of Greece's reforms progress, which is expected next month.

The French president and his ministers signed agreements to boost support by French experts for reforms to improve Greek state administration.

Greece's economy is expected to weaken after briefly emerging from a six-year downturn, pushing its projected national debt to above 190 percent of annual GDP in 2016.