Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged a 'new deal' for Europe, during joint statements with French President Francois Hollande after a lengthy meeting in Paris on Wednesday.
Hollande, on his part, underlined that austerity as "the only reality and choice" was no longer acceptable but also noted that there were commitments that had to be respected. He called for dialogue between Greece and Europe and said that France will give its support.
The first meeting between the two leaders, which overran the scheduled time to last nearly two hours, was described as very cordial. Afterwards, Hollande reaffirmed France's willingness to assist the new Greek government in finding "a stable and long-term solution".
Tsipras, referring to France as a stabilising and "guarantor power" in the European Union, said it should take a leading role in the "common effort for political change".
He also stressed that Greece was not a threat for Europe and that the political change in the country was an opportunity that everyone had to exploit. "By overcoming the crisis in Greece, we will give impetus to overcoming the crisis in Europe," Tsipras said.