WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday speed is of the essence for a European Union-U.S. trade deal.
"As soon as principles have been set, as soon as mandates have been given, speed is not a problem, it's of the essence," Hollande told a joint news conference with President Barack Obamaat the White House.
"We have everything to gain from going quickly. Otherwise, we know there would be a pileup of fears, of threats, of anxiety. So, if we are in good faith, if we are all respectful of the other party's position, if we are attached to growth, we can move quickly."
(Reporting by Bill Trott; Editing by Sandra Maler)