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Total named Thierry Desmarest (left) and Patrick Pouyanne (right) as the new chairman and new CEO respetively
22/10/2014 - France - Russia

French oil giant Total names new bosses

The company named a new chairman and a new CEO on Wednesday following the death of its chief executive Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash in Moscow.

Vladimir Martynenko signs his testimony before his lawyer in Moscow
22/10/2014 - FRANCE - RUSSIA

Snowplough driver claims he drove onto runway after "losing his bearings"

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie was killed on Monday night after his private plane collided with the snow clearing vehicle during take-off at Vnukovo airport in Moscow.

Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Monday
21/10/2014 - France/Russia

Russia will remember De Margerie with greatest warmth, says Putin

In a telegram sent to French President Francois Hollande, the Russian President said he was "shocked by the news" after the jet carrying Christophe De Margerie crashed into a snow plough at ...
A file picture of Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Monday
21/10/2014 - France

Total CEO killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, chief executive officer of French oil giant Total, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on ...
Garry Kasparov (R) and Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov's daughter Madina in Paris on Thursday
17/10/2014 - France - Kazakhstan - Russia

Kasparov barred from testifying against Kazakh oligarch Ablyazov’s extradition to Russia

A French court on Friday blocked an attempt by chess champion Garry Kasparov to testify against Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov’s extradition to Russia.
Garry Kasparov (R) and Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov's daughter Madina at the press conference in Paris on Thursday
16/10/2014 - France - Kazakhstan - Russia

Kasparov ready to testify against Kazakh oligarch's extradition from France to Russia

Chess legend Garry Kasparov says he hopes to testify in a French court on Friday against the extradition of Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia.
Femen's Iana Jdanova impales the waxwork of Vladimir Putin on 5 June
15/10/2014 - France - Russia - Ukraine

Femen protester fined for stabbing Putin waxwork topless

A French court has fined a Ukrainian member of the topless protest movement Femen 6,000 euros for stabbing a waxwork of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stick with “Kill Putin” ...
Mukhtar Ablyazov. File 2006.
06/10/2014 - France - Kazakhstan - Russia

French court refuses to free Kazakh dissident Ablyazov

Judges refused on Monday to free former Kazakh oligarch and politician Mukhtar Ablyazov who has been held in France for 14 months.
Anti-missile system SAMP/T by Thales, in Kielce, southern Poland, 2 September 2014.
29/09/2014 - France - Poland - Russia

Poland pressures France over Mistral deal with Russia

Poland said on Monday that the possibility that France could supply Russia with a Mistral warship makes it difficult for Warsaw to opt for French missile shields.

Moldova's wine market may dry up as Russia and EU fall out
24/09/2014 - International report

Moldova's wine market may dry up as Russia and EU fall out

Moldova may be the poorest country in Europe but one thing the former Soviet republic does have is wine.Most of it is sold in the former USSR but as Moldova moves closer to the European Union, Russia ...
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