Hollande Book Claims PM Tsipras Wanted Putin to Help Print Drachmas, Gov’t Denies It


A Greek government source denied reports in a book by French President Francois Hollande that claims Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assistance to print a Greek currency. The book, “A President Shouldn’t Say That,” divulges behind-the-scenes information about his negotiations.

The same source said there had been contacts between the two men but there was no such issue raised by Tsipras. During their talks, both Tsipras and Putin had said that it was in Greece’s interests to remain in the Eurozone. The book cites Putin as stating that Greece asked for Russia to print drachmas as the country did not have such a printing press in its own territory.