Ukraine airliner black boxes arrive in France

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A source at France's Bureau for Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) said the boxes from the passenger plane Iran forces mistakenly shot down in January would be at the agency from Monday.

'Dead' Ukranian fugitive found to be château owner in France

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A man who fled corruption and money laundering charges in his native Ukraine by faking a death certificate has been arrested near Dijon in east-central France where he was found to be living a luxury lifestyle with a château, works of art and vintage cars worth an estimated 4.6 million euros.

The facts of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

International — Investigation

An international investigation has concluded that the destruction of a Malaysia Airlines flight linking Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, which killed all 298 passengers and crew aboard, was caused by a missile from a Russian army anti-aircraft brigade, confirming a report published by Mediapart just six months after the horrific events. The attack occurred over territory held by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists at the height of the secessionist conflict with the Ukraine government.  The Joint International Team investigation, involving officials from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, have found that the missile which destroyed the plane “came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia”, just as the investigation by Mediapart media partner CORRECT!V had pieced together in this detailed report first published in January 2015.

Exclusive: Macron speaks out on Trump, Putin, Palestine, Syria, and the Greek debt

International — Interview

Emmanuel Macron, who was elected as France’s new president on Sunday, gave his last interview before his landslide victory to Mediapart, in which he detailed the measures and policies he would adopt over his five-year term of office. During the two-hour interview on Friday evening, he detailed his approach to a number of foreign policy issues - which were little mentioned during his campaign - including French military intervention abroad, his views on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Greek debt crisis, and US reluctance to implement the Paris COP 21 measures to combat climate change.

Ukraine arrests Frenchman 'planning terorist attacks in France'

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Ukranian authorities said the unnamed 25-year-old had a large arsenal of weapons and explosives to be used against Muslim and Jewish targets.

Hollande sees end to Russia sanctions

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

France 'settles warship compensation claim' with Russia

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Senior Kremlin official says 'everything has been decided' over how much France will pay Russia for non-delivery of two Mistral warships.

Russia seeks nearly 1.2bln euros from France for undelivered warships

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The Russian compensation claim for the French-built helicopter carriers, blocked over Ukraine crisis, is well below France's offer of 785m euros.

French court approves Kazakh tycoon's extradition

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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.

Hollande, Merkel meet in Paris ahead of fresh Ukraine crisis talks next week

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The French president and German Chancellor warned of further sanctions against Russia if Ukraine ceasefire continues to be violated.

Hollande warns 'coming hours decisive' for Ukraine peace deal

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The French president, who helped broker the peace agreement reached in Minsk between Russia and Ukraine, said it was still at a fragile stage.

Hollande, Merkel and Putin arrive in Minsk for Ukraine talks

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The French, German and Russian leaders will be joined by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for negotiations for a ceasefire in east Ukraine.

Germany's Merkel and France's Hollande head to Kiev and Moscow

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The surprise peace initiative was announced by President Hollande as he held a key-note press conference in Paris.

France's Hollande meets Putin on Ukraine crisis

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Hollande, who was in Moscow on way back from trip to Kazakhstan, is most senior Western leader to visit Russia since it annexed Crimea.

French defence minister says Russia may never receive Mistral warships

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