Greenpeace has appealed to French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to press for the release of 30 of its members, one of them French, jailed in Russia during a two-day visit to the country that started Thursday.
Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev has criticised France’s recognition of opposition rebel groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.
France and Russia are expected to tackle disagreements about the Syria conflict when Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev visits Paris this week.
Opposition protests in Russia over the alleged rigging of 4 December elections are expected to attract tens of thousands on Saturday.
Russians are voting in legislative elections with the United Russia party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin again expected to win the majority in the State Duma parliament but with fewer seats.
Countless people around the world have joined presidents and business leaders in paying tribute to Steve Jobs, the founder of the Apple computer company, who died on Wednesday.