French leader to meet Italy's Monti in Rome

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ROME (AP) — French President Francois Hollande will travel to Rome next month to meet Italy's Mario Monti as part of concerted efforts to bolster confidence in the euro currency.

Monti's office announced the Sept. 4 meeting on Friday. It will come days after Hollande travels to Spain on Aug. 30 to meet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Hollande met Thursday with German Chanceller Angela Merkel, putting pressure on Greece to pursue painful reforms. The leaders will each meet the new Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras to discuss his request for more time to fix his country's finances.

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