Contents tagged with France

  • Russia’s military intelligence had secret base in French Alps

    Agents of Russia’s military intelligence (formerly the GRU) established a base in the French Alps for conducting special operations in Europe, writes the French newspaper Le Monde, citing anonymous sources.

    According to the news outlet, the GRU task force consisted of 15 officers from an elite intelligence division who were responsible for “contract killings and sabotage”.

    The secret base existed between 2014 and 2018. During this time, the Russian spies made multiple trips from Haute-Savoie …

  • Russian intelligence accused of hacking Macron’s correspondence

    Two Western companies specializing in cybersecurity have received evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence services to hack the correspondence of French President Emmanuel Macron and his entourage, reports Le Monde.

    Macron’s email was hacked in May 2017 before the second round of the French presidential election. In July, Wikileaks posted 21 thousand letters related to the election campaign of the French President. Macron said at the time that Russian hackers were behind this, but …

  • Russia asks France for shale oil technology

    Russia plans to get French companies to help develop the Bazhenov Formation – one of the largest shale oil fields in the world.

    On Thursday, Natalya Komarova, Governor of the Russian federal subject Yugra, and Didier Houssin, President of the French Renewable Energy Institute, signed a memorandum of cooperation in the area of oil extraction, including hard-to-recover oil reserves. The meeting took place in Paris during an official visit by the Russian governor to the French capital, TASS …

  • Kremlin praises Macron for 'thoughtfulness'

    The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called French President Emmanuel Macron's approach to assess Russia's development options as "thoughtful," reports RIA Novosti news agency. According to Peskov, the options proposed by Macron "favorably differ" from the superficial Russophobic and apocalyptic scenarios that are often discussed between different "experts."

    Peskov also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin favors Macron's approach and "highly appreciates" their …

  • Macron: I prefer immigrants from Africa over ‘illegal Ukrainian gangs’

    French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the right-wing magazine Valeurs actuelles that he is going to fight against parallel societies and illegal immigration to France, including Ukrainians, reports Deutsche Welle.

    "I prefer legal immigrants from Guinea or Ivory Coast over illegal Ukrainian or Bulgarian gangs," said Macron.

    The comment of the French President caused a scandal in France. Critics have accused Macron of playing along with right-wing supporters and trying to …

  • Macron promises to discuss attack on Ukrainian soldiers with Putin

    The press service of the French President, following his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, reported that French President Emmanuel Macron wants to achieve quick results  in the Normandy format negitiations, and promises to discuss the death of four Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbas with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Emmanuel Macron assured President Zelensky that France is fully committed to achieving concrete results in a short time within …

  • France accuses Russia of ‘space espionage’

    The Russian satellite "Luch-Olymp" could have spied on eight satellites belonging to other countries and provoked failures in them, stated the Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly.

    According to Russian TASS news agency, she also called for “vigilance" as France's rivals "militarize space."

    In September, Parley accused a Russian satellite of dangerously approaching the French Athena-Fidus satellite. She assumed that it was trying to intercept French line of communication.

  • Gerard Depardieu’s Russian accounts frozen

    The regional tax authorities in the Leninsky District of Novosibirsk, Russia, have frozen the bank accounts of French actor Gérard Depardieu, RBC reports, citing data from the Kontur.Focus portal.

    Depardieu, who obtained a Russian passport in 2013 after the French government introduced a 75% tax on income above € 1 million, has been unable to transact using his accounts at VTB, Gazprombank or KS Bank since 20 June.

    Exactly how much Depardieu, a Knight of the French Legion of Honor, winner of …

  • Macron does not want Russia completely excluded from Council of Europe

    During a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron said that he intends to prevent a full withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe. He also said that restricting the rights of the Russian Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) cannot be considered as a sanction against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.

    “There are matters of sanctions on Russia, and in this regard France is adhering to …

  • French Air Force to begin air patrols over Baltic in 2020

    Chief of Staff of the French Air Force Philippe Lavigne in an interview with an American magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology said that the French Air Force will begin air patrols over the Baltic countries next year.

    "As a part of NATO's plan to assure [our allies] of the support, we plan to help with a task of patrolling the Baltic region in 2020. We plan to deploy Mirage fighter jets in Estonia, as well as to conduct flights of aircraft of distant radar-tracking detection and management, …