Macron: France will continue to support Greece

French President Emmanuel Macron

Elected four months ago, the 39-year-old leader wants a giant leap in European cooperation which, at the economic level, would see the creation of a euro zone budget, finance minister and parliament. But Macron lamented what he called a "kind of civil war" over differences within the currency union.

"It is important not only for Greece, it is important for Europe", Tsipras said. "We were, we are and we will be here", he said, underlining that this bond will continue to be strong.

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Le Maire, 48, who has been active in the top echelons of French government since 1998, when he joined ministry of foreign affairs and global development and serving as farm and food minister between 2009 to 2012, presented the Macron administration's agenda for France, Greece and its Euro zone priorities.

In terms of bilateral relations, the French minister added he discerns investment interest by French companies in Greece's infrastructure projects, particularly ones involving transports, while pointing to a large entourage - roughly 40 - of business and corporate leaders that accompanied Macron on his two-day visit to Athens.

"I don't think that having the International Monetary Fund supervise European programmes is a good method. the credibility and sovereignty of Europe justified doing things differently", Macron said.

In June the International Monetary Fund demanded that Greece adopt more austerity measures in 2019 and 2020, after the current bailout program expires in August 2018.

Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Athens was determined to promote discourse in Europe for a new contract for democracy, equality and solidarity.



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