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Russian sailors in Saint-Nazaire last year to train on the Mistrals
15/05/2015 - RUSSIA - FRANCE

France offers Russia refund on undelivered Mistrals, report

France has offered to pay Russia 785 million euros to scrap a contract for two Mistral helicopter carriers, whose sale has been suspended over the Ukraine conflict, on condition that it can sell them ...
Ceremony marking France's 70th anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, Paris, 8 May 2015.
08/05/2015 - FRANCE - EUROPE

Hollande evokes Ukraine, Middle East violence as Paris marks 70th World War II Victory in Europe day

French President François Hollande laid a wreath on Friday at the tomb of an unknown soldier at a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to mark the victory over Nazi Germany on 8 May 1945.

Despite upcoming European Games, press freedom worsening in Azerbaijan
26/04/2015 - International media

Despite upcoming European Games, press freedom worsening in Azerbaijan

In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at press freedom in Azerbaijan, which is, according to a list from the Committee to Protect Journalists published this week, the sixth most ...
The Mistrals were being built in Saint-Nazaire in northern France, 21 November 2014.
22/04/2015 - France - Russia

France will reimburse Russia if warships are not delivered: French president

Russia would be reimbursed for two Mistral helicopter carriers if they are not delivered and the 1.2-billion-euro contract is cancelled, French President Francois Hollande told reporters Wednesday.

Combat between Assad's army and IS fighters in Idlib, Syrie, on 28 March 2015.
17/04/2015 - Syria

Syrian volunteers demand action to stop barrel bombs

While the United Nations Security Council has vowed to take action against those behind deadly chemical weapons in Syria, members of the Syrian Civil Defense volunteers tell RFI that the grim ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions of Russians on live television, April 16, 2015, Moscow.
16/04/2015 - France - Russia

Putin says France must reimburse costs for undelivered warships

Moscow will not impose a penalty against France for its decision not to supply two Mistral helicopter carriers due to sanctions, but expects that the country will reimburse the related costs, Russian ...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov meet in Moscow on 7 April, 2015
07/04/2015 - Russia - China

Russia-China strategic alliance overshadows traditional mistrust, analyst tells RFI

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow to prepare a meeting between the presidents of the two countries in the beginning of May.
French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius in Lausanne for nuclear talks with Iran
01/04/2015 - IRAN

Not enough progress made in Iran nuclear talks, Fabius

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday said that not enough progress has been made to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at a welcome ceremony for the delivery of 10 Humvee vehicles from the US on 25 March 2015
30/03/2015 - Interview: Ukraine

US training Ukraine troops will anger Moscow, analyst

Some 290 US paratroopers are to start training Ukrainian troops next month, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Monday.
24/03/2015

French press review 24 March 2015

You might have thought the French papers would have gotten over Sunday's first round departmental elections . . . not a bit of it. Five dailies to hand, five views of a blighted political landscape .
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