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Greek finance minister seeks support in Paris amid tensions over bailout debt

  • Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, answers a reporter's question during a joint news conference with Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, following their meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Dijsselbloem who chairs eurozone finance meetings says there is no decision so far on what to do after Greece’s current bailout program runs out at the end of next month. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, answers a reporter's question during a joint news conference with Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, following their meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Dijsselbloem who chairs eurozone finance meetings says there is no decision so far on what to do after Greeceā€™s current bailout program runs out at the end of next month. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis  wallks with his French counterpart Michel Sapin, at the Economy Ministry in Paris, Sunday Feb. 1, 2015. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had a tense meeting with Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem in Athens on Friday, has brought forward a trip to Paris, London and Rome to meet his counterparts. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis wallks with his French counterpart Michel Sapin, at the Economy Ministry in Paris, Sunday Feb. 1, 2015. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had a tense meeting with Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem in Athens on Friday, has brought forward a trip to Paris, London and Rome to meet his counterparts. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, left, addresses reporters during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Michel Sapin, at the Economy Ministry in Paris, Sunday Feb. 1, 2015. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had a tense meeting with Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem in Athens on Friday, has brought forward a trip to Paris, London and Rome to meet his counterparts. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, left, addresses reporters during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Michel Sapin, at the Economy Ministry in Paris, Sunday Feb. 1, 2015. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had a tense meeting with Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem in Athens on Friday, has brought forward a trip to Paris, London and Rome to meet his counterparts. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's finance minister is holding talks in Paris amid high tensions with international creditors, as his country's new leftist leadership seeks to renegotiate huge debts.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is seeking to calm worries after a rocky few days. His government wants to scrap some painful budget cuts and seek a cut in debt to those who bailed Greece out to save the shared euro currency.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is meeting with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron and Finance Minister Michel Sapin Sunday, a day earlier than originally planned. He will then travel to London and Rome.

Germany has rejected suggestions that Greece should be forgiven part of its rescue loans.

France's Socialist government is open to renegotiating terms but opposed to forgiving any of the Greek debt.