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Greece's radical new government on Saturday began a search for European allies for its anti-austerity agenda, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again ruled out debt relief for Athens. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his maverick Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are reaching out to France and Italy, whose centre-left governments are most likely to sympathise with its determination to end painful reforms. Varoufakis will head to Paris late Saturday, his office said, bringing forward a European tour that was due to start in London on Monday and will also include Rome. Predictably, neither tour includes Germany, which has shouldered the bulk of Greece's huge bailout and where officials have already expressed outrage at the new Greek government's plans to renegotiate the rescue.