France will also offer to send four fighter jets to Baltic states to boost NATO air patrols over the region should the military alliance request them.
Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says £1bn contract for two high-tech Mistral warships could be blocked if situation escalates.
Foreign minister Laurent Fabius warns measures against Russia could kick in soon if Moscow does not respond to Western proposals to solve crisis.
The troop, tank and helicopter carrier is part of a 1.2-billion-euro deal, the biggest-ever sale of NATO weaponry to Moscow, agreed in 2011.
US state secretary John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held their first face-to-face talks, which are to continue over coming days.
The French actor was given a standing ovation for his performance in the American play Love Letters at the Theatre Antoine in Paris.
Francesco Pisanu and eight other activists granted bail were among 30 arrested for a protest against Arctic drilling at an offshore Russian oil rig.
The man suspended himself in a tent from the second floor of the monument in protest against Russia's detention of 30 of the group's members.
French company denies allegations that it bribed officials to win contract for 43km stretch of toll road linking Moscow to St Petersburg.
France's Laurent Fabius says UN report leaves no doubt that Syrian government is responsible for chemical attack but Russians still blame rebels.
Initial French UN Security Council resolution would require Syria to make complete declaration of its chemical weapons program within 15 days.
French president François Hollande has made clear that France will join the US in military strikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, dismissing calls for a vote of approval beforehand in parliament. As illustrated in yesterday’s heated debate in the lower house, the National Assembly, political and public opinion is deeply divided, both over the legality and consequences of the planned strikes. Lénaïg Bredoux and Caroline Donati have talked to senior French officials and experts close to the Syrian dossier, many of whom agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, to find out why Hollande appears to have been finally wrongfooted amid a rushed and chaotic final denouement to a crisis of more than two years, and which one government advisor says is down to “a series of balls-ups”.
The French actor insists that he never 'left' his country, and says that despite reports he quit it over tax row 'I love France as much as ever'.
French anti-money laundering investigators raise alarm over recent Chinese, Russian and Ukranian acquisitions of loss-making vineyards.
Russian president says adoption by gay couples goes against his country's values and will seek changes in an agreement regulating adoptions.