Keyword: Russia

France and Russia to bolster information swap on Islamic State

French defence minister says both countries agreed to 'strengthen exchange of military information' concerning Syria air strikes.

France signals softer stance on Assad after Russia talks

French foreign minister said that winning back Islamic State 'capital' Raqqa was priority and could involve help from Syria regime troops.

France and Russia agree to closer anti-Islamic State collaboration

After Moscow meeting, President Hollande said he and Vladimir Putin agreed to 'increase information and intelligence exchange, intensify airstrikes'.

France's Hollande heads to Russia hoping for Syria breakthrough

French president will meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin as part of push for international cooperation against Islamic State following Paris attacks.

France's U-turn over Syria

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In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, President François Hollande has carried out a 180 degree U-turn on French policy towards the Syria crisis. Previously the French stance was that neither Islamic State nor current leader Bashar al-Asad was acceptable in Syria. Now the approach is an all-out focus on destroying IS. On Thursday November 26th, Hollande will meet Assad's ally, Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in Moscow to help build an alliance to destroy the organisation. But, Thomas Cantaloube argues, apart from air strikes, there seems little real strategy to restore peace to Syria and find a political solution.

Sarkozy's Putin visit sparks controversy at home in France

French government minister said ex-president was short-circuiting country's foreign policy and behaving like 'a dog in a bowling alley'.

French wines squeezed off top spot

Lack of rain and a heatwave led to just 1% increase in French production in 2015, meaning Italy regained top spot for amount of wine made.

France denies incident with Russian plane in French airspace

Paris says the fighter which came in 'dangerous proximity' to a Russian airliner in French airspace was Swiss.

Egypt and France sign deal over warships built for Russia

Egypt has inked a deal to buy two helicopter carriers originally built by France for Russia before their sale was scrapped over the Ukraine crisis.

France hits out at Russia's claims of fighting Islamic State

Ahead of UN meeting on fighting IS, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says Russia’s claims of fighting in Syria are exaggerated.

Egypt agrees to buy Mistral warships France built for Russia

President Hollande and Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi 'have agreed on the principle and terms and conditions' says French presidency.

Canadian elections see Ottowa's bid for France's Russia-bound warships slip away

The Mistral-class helicopter carriers built for deal with Russia that was annulled by embargo over Crimea conflict, could now go to Egypt and India.

Hollande sees end to Russia sanctions

The French president said recent 'progress' in the ceasefire in the Ukraine left few obstacles to lifting EU and US sanctions against Moscow.

Gérard Depardieu to 'sell everything' in France

The actor and tax exile pledges to get rid of all his properties in France, including a château, several restaurants and a fishmongers.

'No difficulty' for France to find Mistral buyers says Hollande

French president upbeat about prospects for sale of two warships after deal with Russia was formally ended.