I had noticed over the past couple of weeks, give or take, Francois Hollande was making conciliatory overtures towards Russia
January 07/2015: Francois Hollande suggests sanctions on Russia should be lifted and says Putin 'does not want to annex eastern Ukraine – he has told me that'
The French president today called for the lifting of the West's economic sanctions on Russia, saying: 'Mr Putin does not want to annex eastern Ukraine. He has told me that.'Saying the sanctions 'must stop now', Francois Hollande said he was expecting progress on a resolution to the Ukraine crisis at international talks in Kazakhstan in 10 days.
The crisis in Ukraine has prevented cash-strapped France from completing the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to Russia, a deal left in limbo since accusations Russia has interfered in Ukraine's civil war.
January 05/2014: France seeks end to Russia sanctions over Ukraine
French President Francois Hollande says he wants Western sanctions on Russia to be lifted if progress is made in talks on the Ukraine conflict this month.
December 19/2014: Hollande risks EU split with debate on Russian sanctions relief
Europe has stumbled into a debate over the end of sanctions on the economically distressed Russia after French President Francois Hollande became the first major leader to dangle the prospect of easing the curbs
December 19/2014: EU open to possible easing of sanctions against Russia: Hollande
November 16/2014 French Workers outraged over warship job losses- 2500 jobs at stake
One of the French biggest union federations, Workers’ Force, has urged Paris to fulfill the Mistral deal and deliver the two warships to Russia, otherwise 2,500 shipyard employees may lose their jobs.
Non delivery of the Carriers to Russia- 3 BILLION DOLLARS
Experts estimate the value of forfeit and penalties for the non-delivery of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier at up to 3 billion euro.
Just curious if the Paris attack was a message to France's government to get back in line?!
Down and on it's knees- without knee pads!
It's absolutely amazing that the 3 shooters escaped! I mean, seriously, that's amazing.
The were not gunned down. And they did not kill themselves! ????? And even more curious? One of the shooters presented the meme for the media to run with!!
That's really unbelievable!!
"You can tell the media that it's al Qaeda in Yemen."Giving the media it's talking point? Does that make sense to you? It sounds planned. Really.
Shouting "Allahu akbar!" as they fired, the men also spoke fluent, unaccented French in the military-style noon-time attack on Charlie Hebdo, located near Paris' Bastille monument.Fluent, unaccented French, military style attack. Very, very interesting.
From earlier today: