Hollande's Putin standoff fuels French election debate
French President Francois Hollande is under fire from left and right-wing politicians over how he has tackled Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syria crisis, with some criticising a rush to a "Cold War" against an essential European partner.
French officials have grown increasingly angry over Russian-backed Syrian government attacks on rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo.
Things came to a head this week when Hollande refused to roll out the red carpet for Putin on a planned visit to Paris next week, demanding instead that the trip be restricted to talks on Syria where he... read more
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