Hollande Has a Message for Greece’s Future in EU as He Leaves Presidency

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande, left, greets President-elect Emmanuel Macron before the handover ceremony, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) – As he leaves the French presidency, Francois Hollande is describing the “terrible ordeals” that marked his five-year term, from deadly attacks in France to Greece’s debt crisis.

Hollande defended his unpopular presidency in a series of tweets minutes after leaving the Elysee presidential palace in the hands of his successor and protege, Emmanuel Macron.

Hollande vaunted his efforts to produce the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, legalizing gay marriage in France and doing “everything possible to ensure that Greece stays in Europe.”

The messages were directed at members of his once-powerful Socialist Party, which is now on the verge of a collapse.

He tweeted that “we lived through crises but we held together. France remained France.”