Putin says he does not refuse to meet Hollande, remains open for dialogue
Oct13

Putin says he does not refuse to meet Hollande, remains open for dialogue

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not refused to hold a meeting with French President Francois Hollande scheduled for October 19 in Paris. “We were made to understand that the time was not quite appropriate for the event, that’s all,” Putin said in an interview with the French TF1 TV channel. “We are not rejecting (any discussions with France on Syria),” he said. The goal of Putin’s visit to Paris was the...

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Putin still planning to visit France despite Hollande comments
Oct10

Putin still planning to visit France despite Hollande comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin still plans to visit France later this month, despite French President Francois Hollande saying he was unsure whether to receive him, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today. “Preparation for Putin’s upcoming visit to Paris continues,” Peskov told journalists. Hollande condemned Russia’s “unacceptable” support for Syrian air strikes in excerpts from a TV interview...

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French President to visit Calais after ‘Jungle’ camp vow
Sep26

French President to visit Calais after ‘Jungle’ camp vow

President Francois Hollande today visits Calais, after vowing to close the notorious “Jungle” camp on the outskirts of the city despite growing controversy over the fate of thousands of desperate migrants there. Hollande’s visit comes just days after one by his conservative predecessor Sarkozy — who is hoping to make a comeback as president, with a harsh line on migration a key part of his campaign. While in...

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French president Hollande vows to shut down “unacceptable” Calais camp
Sep24

French president Hollande vows to shut down “unacceptable” Calais camp

President Francois Hollande says he hopes authorities can relocate as many as 9,000 migrants massed in a squalid camp in Calais to reception centers across France in the coming weeks. Hollande, visiting one of France’s 164 such reception centers in the city of Tours on Saturday, reiterated his pledge to shut the Calais camp, known as “the jungle.” He said conditions there are “not acceptable,” especially for those fleeing war. The...

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Hollande: Normandy Four meeting may take place within weeks
Sep05

Hollande: Normandy Four meeting may take place within weeks

A new meeting of the Normandy Four countries’ leaders (France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine), devoted to settlement of the conflict in Ukraine’s east, may take place within weeks, France’s President Francois Hollande wrote on Facebook today. He said, France still adheres to the Normandy Format as far as the Ukrainian crisis is concerned. “In Ukraine, we should continue the Minsk process, settlement the blocking moments there,...

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