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The Mistral-class helicopter-carrier Vladivostok, Saint-Nazaire shipyard, 4 Sept. 2014.
18/12/2014 - France - Russia

Russian Mistral sailors head home from France

Some 400 Russian sailors training to operate the Mistral-class warship left France for home on Thursday, with still no official decision in Paris over whether to deliver the vessel to Russia.

18/12/2014

French press review 18 December 2014

Russia, Cuba, a 70th birthday party, French roads and an increase in violence and bad manners . . . it's hard to believe we're just one week away from Christmas!

Russian sailors near the Vladivostok in the port of Saint-Nazaire, 25 November 2014.
17/12/2014 - France - Russia

Russian sailors to leave France after suspension of warship deal

French shipbuilder DCNS confirmed Wednesday that 400 Russian sailors were to leave the country "before year-end holidays" following Paris's suspension of a controversial warship deal with ...
17/12/2014

French press review 17 December 2014

The French front pages are divided between fear and shock this morning, the fear provoked by Russia's financial woes, the shock by the murder of 136 schoolchildren by the Pakistani Taliban.

Warm welcome - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets France's François Hollande at Moscow Vnukovo airport
07/12/2014 - France - Russia - Ukraine

Hollande meets Putin in Moscow to ‘deescalate’ Ukraine crisis

French President François Hollande became the first Western leader to visit Moscow since the start of the Ukraine crisis on Saturday.
French President François Hollande (L) and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev at the opening of the Sorbonne-Kazakhstan Insititute in Almaty on Friday
06/12/2014 - France - Russia - Kazakhstan

Hollande to meet Putin in Moscow to discuss Ukraine crisis

French President François Hollande is to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin on an unscheduled stopover in Moscow in an attempt to “deescalate” the Ukraine crisis.
The Vladivostok at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in Brittany
05/12/2014 - France - Russia

France may never deliver Russia’s Mistral warships, defence minister

France may never deliver the Mistral warships it has built for Russia, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.
French President Francois Hollande (L) shakes hands with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana
05/12/2014 - France - Kazakhstan

Hollande in uranium-rich Kazakhstan to discuss contracts, relations with Russia

French President François Hollande arrived in Kazakhstan on Friday for a two-day visit to a country with vast uranium and gas reserves and infrastructure contracts on offer.
The photo of Sergei Pugatchev issued by Interpol
27/11/2014 - Russia - France

Interpol issues warrant for Russian oligarch Pugachev

Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, the former owner of French luxury food shop Hédiard and the paper France Soir.
27/11/2014

French press review 27 November 2014

Is the polar bear doomed? And what about the European economy? How many stars do France’s prisons have? How Green is François Hollande? Will France give Russia its Mistrals?

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