Keyword: Russia

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

France's  Security Council resolution demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo.

Russian fan leader sneaks back to France after deportation

Alexander Shprygin, arrested in Toulouse only days after he was expelled from the country, is said to have 'crossed the Alps' to return to France.

Official Russian football supporters' head to be deported from France

Alexander Shprygin was among 43 fans held on Tuesday in southern France after serious violence et Russia’s Euro 2016 clash with England in Marseille.

French ambassador to Moscow summoned after Russian fan detentions

After interception of a coach carrying Russian football fans suspected of hooliganism, Moscow warns Paris against a 'significant aggravation' in bilateral relations.

Russia team given Euro 2016 'suspended disqualification', fans detained

UEFA also fined the team 150,000 euros for rioting during match against England in Marseille, while Russian fans' coach was intercepted in Cannes.

More violent clashes in Marseille before England-Russia football match

French media reported three England fans were seriously injured in fierce fighting between English and Russian groups and locals.

Euro 2016 football tournament begins with France win

The four-yearly football championship began Friday in Paris with a peaceful win for the French hosts 2-1 over Romania, while England fans battled police in Marseille.

French MPs back lifting of sanctions on Russia

The non-binding vote supports ending the EU sanctions slapped on Russia after it annexed Crimea and after tension escalated over Ukraine.

France hopes to see Russia sanctions lifted 'this summer'

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron made statement to French business executives during a visit to Moscow.

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'.