French president-elect Francois Hollande has signalled to Germany that he remains determined to change Europe's focus from austerity to growth after Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected any economic stimulus on credit.

Mr Hollande met Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker in Paris today as he tries to rally European partners to support his push to change the focus of eurozone policy.

He will travel to Germany on Tuesday hours after his inauguration as president to press his demand to add growth measures to Europe's budget discipline treaty with Dr Merkel.

Dr Merkel today told parliament in Berlin that "growth on credit" would just tip Europe deeper into crisis, rejecting stimulus policies that would require new debt.

She told the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) that reducing debt and encouraging growth were "twin pillars" of European policy, rather than alternative paths.

"Growth through structural reforms is sensible, important and necessary." 

"Growth on credit would just push us right back to the beginning of the crisis, and that is why we should not and will not do it," said Dr Merkel.

French Socialist Party spokesman Benoit Hamon retorted: "Angela Merkel is sticking to her position but she cannot override the will of the French people."

Mr Juncker, head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers and prime minister of Luxembourg, declined comment on the substance of his hour-long meeting with Mr Hollande.

He said on Monday he had told the president-elect by telephone that growth elements could be tacked on as long as the fiscal pact was not altered.

Dr Merkel has also insisted that the essence of the treaty could not be unpicked but Socialist party heavyweights have insisted that Mr Hollande would not submit the pact for ratification unless he can get pro-growth elements added to it.

Michel Sapin, a long-time friend of Mr Hollande who is tipped as a possible finance minister, said that Germany was not a European super-power and warned that Europe progressed when Berlin and Paris worked as equals.

"If we think that we can get out of the crisis with more debt we'll hit a wall. If we think we can get out with more austerity then we'll hit a wall," Mr Sapin said on BFM TV.

When they meet, Mr Hollande may have to promise Dr Merkel he will pass a "super-law" committing France to sticking to deficit-cutting targets in return for German acceptance of some of his proposals for growth-stimulating instruments.

Mr Hollande has already vowed to pass legislation that would force the government to meet targets, a move that should satisfy the fiscal pact signed by 25 European Union leaders in March.