France's far right leader blames EU for new 'cold war'

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In visit to Moscow, Marine Le Pen says it is the European Union that declared 'cold war' on Russia by seeking closer ties with Ukraine.

Paris talks on Ukraine end in US-Russia deadlock

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US Secretary of State John Kerry tells press conference that there was no breakthrough after four hours of talks with his Russian counterpart.

Kerry to meet Russian counterpart in Paris for Ukraine talks

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The US Secretary of State and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov are to meet on Sunday in an effort to defuse tensions in current standoff.

France suspends 'most' military cooperation with Russia

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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.

Ukraine: France warns Russia it could cancel warships deal

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Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says £1bn contract for two high-tech Mistral warships could be blocked if situation escalates.

Ukraine crisis: Russia sanctions could start this week, says France

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Foreign minister Laurent Fabius warns measures against Russia could kick in soon if Moscow does not respond to Western proposals to solve crisis.

Amid Ukraine crisis, French-made warship sets sail for delivery to Russia

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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.

UPDATE: Russia, US and key EU states hold Paris talks over Ukraine crisis

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US state secretary John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held their first face-to-face talks, which are to continue over coming days.

Gerard Depardieu back in France after becoming Russian citizen

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The French actor was given a standing ovation for his performance in the American play Love Letters at the Theatre Antoine in Paris.

Frenchman among Greenpeace activists granted bail in Russia

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Francesco Pisanu and eight other activists granted bail were among 30 arrested for a protest against Arctic drilling at an offshore Russian oil rig.

Greenpeace activist in Eiffel Tower stunt protest over Russia arrests

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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.

France to probe Vinci corruption allegations over Russia contract

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French company denies allegations that it bribed officials to win contract for 43km stretch of toll road linking Moscow to St Petersburg.

Syria crisis: France and Russia admit Syria differences

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France's Laurent Fabius says UN report leaves no doubt that Syrian government is responsible for chemical attack but Russians still blame rebels.

French draft, disliked by Russia, would give Syria chemical arms ultimatum

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Initial French UN Security Council resolution would require Syria to make complete declaration of its chemical weapons program within 15 days.

The 'series of balls-ups' that led to Hollande's Syria crisis

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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”.