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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.

In the historic speech Thursday on the Pnyx hill in Athens - the founding place of democracy - Macron emphasized the cultural ties that bind Greece and France together, and spelled out his idea for a more cohesive euro zone, warning that "sovereignty, democracy and trust" are all "in danger".

"Europe must create the appropriate institutions.to be able to deal with its problems using its own institutions, its own financing tools", Tsipras told reporters during a joint press conference in Athens with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Saying thank you for the present, she turned to the Duke, laughing, and said: 'We will just have to have more babies'. William and Kate , both 35, already have two children: Prince George , 4, and Princess Charlotte , 2.

The French leader is running up against resistance in Berlin despite conciliatory public signals from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"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. "We were, we are and we will be here", he said, underlining that this bond will continue to be strong.

It also said Macron had expressed France's "solidarity" with Japan.

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Macron began a two-day visit to Greece yesterday where he will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Euro zone governments in June approved another 11th-hour credit line for Greece worth almost US$10 billion (RM42 billion) after the International Monetary Fund said it would in principle join the country's current bailout having hesitated for two years.

However, Macron can not detail any plans for eurozone or European Union reform until after this month's election in Germany, when it will become clearer to what extent a new government in Berlin would be open to backing his ideas. He reiterated that Athens should be granted debt relief and said he hoped the issue would be resolved in 2018 when Greece is due to exit its €86bn (£79bn) rescue programme.

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Macron renewed his call for tighter oversight of foreign investments in the EU - a message that Greece has opposed - and urged European investors to support the Greek recovery.

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