Category Archives: France

Former Athletics Chief Guilty of Russian Doping Corruption

16 September – The Moscow Times The former head of athletics’ world governing body, Lamine Diack, was on Wednesday found guilty by a French court of corruption in covering up Russian doping cases and sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended. Diack, an 87-year-old Senegalese who led the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now renamed

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Ukrainian govt prosecutes opposition MPs who negotiated with Moscow on Normandy Format, – French MP

Sebastian Moran claims that the French government should pay more efforts to live up to Minsk agreements French Senator Sebastian Moran expresses his disapproval over the fact that the Ukrainian authorities have been prosecuting opposition MPs who came to Moscow in March 2020 to present the parliamentary dimension of the Normandy format.  “We’re very disappointed with what’s happening in terms

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Putin and Macron discuss settlement of conflict in Donbas

French and Russian Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Wednesday. The conversation took place at the initiative of the French side, the Kremlin’s press service reports. The Presidents discussed, among other things, the steps for resolving the situation in the Donbas. Macron and Putin praised the ceasefire agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group. Putin

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PS752: Black box transcript confirms illegal interference with jet downed in Iran – media

22:59, 24 July 2020 – UNIAN An international team examining the black boxes from the jet has completed a preliminary analysis of the data in France. The transcript from the black boxes from a Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran on January 8 confirms the fact of illegal interference with the plane, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister wrote on Twitter on

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Fire rips through 15th-century French cathedral, police calling it a criminal act

18 July 2020  –  ©Fox News The church’s great organ, revered as the ‘soul of the cathedral’ by worshippers, sustained massive damages.  A fire ripped through the famed Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in the western French city of Nantes Saturday morning and authorities are investigating the incident as a criminal act. Prosecutor Pierre Sennes told reporters three fires had been started inside the cathedral and

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France to supply 20 patrol boats to Ukraine – French envoy

19:57, 13 July 2020 – UNIAN Five out of 20 boats will be manufactured at Ukraine’s production facilities. French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins has said the two counties will sign an agreement next week on the supply of 20 patrol boats to Ukraine. In particular, de Poncins has told journalists about the projects that are at the stage

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Macron confirms his imminent visit to Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron is going to come to Russia. He tweeted about it on Saturday. “The confidential dialogue started with President Putin in Brégançon continues. Security in Europe, regional conflicts, climate, including melting permafrost in the Arctic. We are moving forward, and soon I will come to Russia,” Macron wrote on Twitter. The French President made his statement after

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Macron ‘Confident’ of Progress in Russia Ties

French President Emmanuel Macron is confident of progress in key areas with Russia, including notably the crisis in Libya, his office said on Friday after a video conference summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Macron is “confident that we can make progress with Russia on a number of subjects,” a senior French presidential official told reporters, citing “a common interest in

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Volker: France and Germany do not put enough pressure on Russia in Normandy format

Former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says he is disappointed with the position of Germany and France that seek to avoid accusations against Russia regarding non-compliance with the Minsk agreements. “Unfortunately, the United States does not play a big role in supporting this process after I resigned in September. I think we really lost in this, and

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Danone ad featuring Russian actor who shot at Ukrainian troops sparks outrage

By Alexander Query. A new ad by French dairy company Danone has sparked outrage among Ukrainian social media users for featuring a Russian actor who fired a heavy machine gun at Ukrainian forces in the Donbas. Released on April 22, the ad features Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov touting the benefits of liquid yogurt brand Actimel. It was not immediately clear

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Iran ‘likely’ to give Ukrainian airplane black box to France – report

Following the Ukrainian’s side delay in responding to Iran’s offer regarding the Ukrainian plane’s black box, the Iranian authorities have decided to send the black box to another country. Iran will “likely” send the black box from the Ukrainian airplane shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to France, Al-Arabiya reported, citing Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency. The

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Forbes: Russia’s new assault ship might look familiar to French Mistral

Project 23900, set to be developed in the occupied Crimea, is a “clone” of the French Mistral design. When you can’t buy it, steal it. That’s Russia’s approach to acquiring new amphibious assault ships, six years after France canceled a sale of the versatile vessels. On May 22, Russian news agency TASS reported that the Kremlin had inked a $1.4-billion

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Russia accuses Ukraine, Germany and France of undermining agreements to create joint council with Donbas militants

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the rejection of the agreements reached with representatives of the militant authorities in the Donbas was not only Kyiv’s initiative. “Unfortunately, strange things began to happen after the breakthrough. During the telephone talks, the assistants of the “Normandy” leaders, Berlin and Paris, under various pretexts avoided supporting the agreements between Kyiv and

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Germany’s largest airport will close one of two passenger terminals

Due to lack of passengers, Frankfurt Airport closes one of its two passenger terminals. About it reports “European truth” with reference to Spiegel Online. Terminal 2 and its parking lot will be temporarily closed next Tuesday. The airport explained the terminal’s shutdown as a critical shortage of passengers.  “With the expected reduction in the number of return flights, the volume (passenger traffic)

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French President Macron warns about risk of “death of Schengen” over coronavirus – media

He says the survival of the European project is at stake. French President Emmanuel Macron has warned about the risk of the “death of Schengen” over the coronavirus pandemic. “What’s at stake is the survival of the European project,” he told 26 other European Union leaders in a conference call on Thursday, according to a French diplomat, Reuters reported. “The

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Sound engineer RT France contracted a coronavirus

Sound engineer of the French edition of the Russian propaganda channel RT France contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus. This March 18 announced the main RT editor Margarita Simonyan at Twitter. According to her, anyone who has contacted the infected coronavirus sound engineer is now quarantined. ” A coronavirus has been confirmed by the sound director of our French channel. Everyone who talked and worked with him is

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The former head of French intelligence will lead the Russian RT France

Former French foreign intelligence chief Alain Juillet will run a 13-minute geopolitical program. About it writes RFI with reference to the head of the Russian state channel RT France Ksenia Fedorov. A program called “La Source” will air twice a month. It will talk about “diplomacy, conflict, terrorism, security and competitive intelligence.” The first issue is scheduled to air in March. “Beyond ideological

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Macron calls for better long-term relations with Russia

Europe needs to strive for better relations with Russia in the long term, French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday, adding that while he isn’t proposing lifting sanctions they have changed nothing about Russia’s behavior. Macron told the Munich Security Conference that a “credible” approach to dealing with Russia would be to take the line that “we are demanding, we are

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Macron Ally Drops Out of Paris Mayor Race After Russian Artist Leaks Sex Tape

A close ally of French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday pulled out of next month’s race to become mayor of Paris after a Russian dissident artist said the candidate had sent sexual images to a woman who was not his wife. Artist Pyotr Pavlensky published screenshots of an online chat between Benjamin Griveaux and the woman on social media on

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Macron unveils nuclear doctrine, warns EU ‘cannot remain spectators’ in arms race

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday unveiled his nuclear doctrine advocating a more coordinated European Union defence strategy in which France, the bloc’s only post-Brexit nuclear power, and its arsenal would hold a central role. In a much anticipated speech to military officers graduating in Paris, Macron called on EU member states to play a more direct role in halting

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