Posted: Nov 2, 2011 6:00 PM by Matt Stafford
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is en route to France for an economic summit that's shadowed by the European debt crisis and Greece's surprise plans to put a bailout deal to a popular vote.
The Group of 20 industrialized and developed nations meets Thursday and Friday in Cannes. Obama left Washington on Wednesday evening aboard Air Force One to fly there overnight.
The summit is likely to show up the limits of U.S. influence on the events overseas since the White House has made clear that it views the debt crisis as Europe's problem and has no plans to offer cash assistance as China may do.
But spokesman Jay Carney says the U.S. still has an important role to play as the world's largest economy, which has suffered through its own financial crisis.