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Hollande: France will reimburse Russia if warships are not delivered

Delivery of first helicopter carrier was due last year but deal was put on hold after Russia’s role in Ukraine crisis led to EU sanctions.

Putin says France must repay Russia's costs for undelivered helicopter carriers

The Russian leader said he sought only to recover outlay on the French-built warships, a 1.2-billion-euro deal suspended over the Ukraine crisis.

French court approves Kazakh tycoon's extradition

Ruling by Cour de Cassation paves way for Mukhtar Ablyazov to be sent to Russia or Ukraine over claims he embezzled €6bn from BTA Bank.

Euro MPs fear growing influence of the Russian rouble in Europe

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Mediapart recently revealed how earlier this year Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National party obtained a loan of 9 million euros from a Russian bank. The man who helped broker the deal was French far-right MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, who has confirmed that he received 140,000 euros for his consultancy work. Questions have now been raised in the European Parliament about whether Schaffhauser has officially declared either the income or his extra-curricular activities, with the parliament’s president Martin Schultz promising to investigate the issue. More broadly, reports Ludovic Lamant, there is growing unease in Brussels and Strasbourg about what are feared to be concerted efforts by Russia to buy influence in a number of European political parties.

French defence minister says Russia may never receive Mistral warships

Jean-Yves Le Drian's comments came days after President Hollande said France would postpone handover of first ship because of Ukraine crisis.

Far-right Front National's Russian loan: '31 mln euros more to follow'

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France’s far-right Front National party has sought a loan of 40 million euros from Russian contacts, according to information obtained by Mediapart. After the party’s leader Marine Le Pen last weekend confirmed it had been lent 9 million euros from a Moscow bank, a senior party official has told Mediapart that this was a “first instalment” and that another 31 million euros “will follow”, a claim refuted by Le Pen. Meanwhile, Russian media reports have speculated that the Russian bank deal could not have been reached without approval by the Kremlin. Marine Turchi reports.

How a Russian bank gave France's far-right Front National party 9mln euros

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France’s far-right Front National party has obtained a loan of 9 million euros from a Russian bank. The loan, from the First Czech Russian Bank, was obtained after lengthy lobbying of the Russian authorities by party leader Marine Le Pen and other party officers who have been welcomed in Moscow by senior politicians close to President Vladimir Putin. Marine Turchi reports on the development of the surprisingly close relations knotted between the Front National and Russia's leading officials before the loan was agreed, the precise origins of which remain unclear.

Russian sailors 'denied access' to French-built warship

Media reports said the sailors were blocked from training on the helicopter carrier in Saint-Nazaire amid a diplomatic row over its delivery.

Russia 'readies to sue France' over non-delivery of warship

France has hinted that Ukraine crisis will delay delivery due this month to Russia of the first of two French-built Mistral helicopter carriers.

France denies reports it will hand over warship to Russia in November

The denial followed a senior Russian defence official's claim that France had sent invitations for a handover of the helicopter carrier next month.

The French have 'lost their happiness’ says Gérard Depardieu

Actor who quit France for Russia after a tax row with authorities says his native country is simply 'not interesting anymore'.

Ukraine crisis: France halts warship delivery to Russia

France says conditions are 'not right' for delivery of first of two Mistral navy assault ships, blaming Moscow's recent actions in Ukraine.

France signals tougher sanctions against Russia

Speaking before a meeting of EU heads of state, President François Hollande said 'decisions must be made' to halt escalation in Ukraine crisis.

Russian warship-to-be draws crowds in French port

A mass of grey steel, the superstructure of the French-built Vladivostok looms over Saint-Nazaire where Russian sailors receive training.

Russian sailors get French warship training

Around 400 Russian sailors are in France for training on warship that France is selling to Russia despite US concern over Ukraine crisis.