French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said his country will support the Irish Government's campaign to secure an easing of EU budget rules, in relation to the framing of October's budget.
He made the comments in Dublin tonight after opening the new French Embassy at Fitzwilliam Lane, which is part of a move to raise the country's profile in Ireland.
Speaking to RTÉ News Mr Valls said: "There must be flexibility. France, like Ireland, is committed to upholding European rules, but because we are slowly making our way back to growth; because we are coming out of the crisis, which hit every country but especially Ireland; the measures that we must take, the rules that we put in place, must take account of this return to growth.
"And nothing must prevent Ireland from maintaining this high level of growth that is being admired by other countries. And Ireland can depend on the engagement of France by its side."
Following Ireland's exit from its bailout last December, EU budgetary rules are due to apply.
However, the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has been attempting to convince the European Commission to allow greater flexibility.
Mr Valls is on a two-day visit to Ireland and will meet the Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings tomorrow.