French president Francois Hollande vigorously denied swaying the justice system in a corruption scandal Nicolas Sarkozy was implicated in after former leader announced he was the victim of a set-up.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held telephone talks with President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko on Wednesday, a communiqué of the Élysée Palace says.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption and influence peddling in a criminal investigation, French prosecutors said Wednesday. The decision came after Sarkozy was questioned for 15 hours, marking the first time a French head of state has been taken into custody.
Vladimir Putin and Petr Poroshenko agreed during a lengthy phone call on June 30 to work in order to secure a bilateral ceasefire agreement between Kiev and in eastern Ukrainian self-defense, Russian Kommersant newspaper reported on Tuesday. The Monday telephone conversation also involved German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
According to the agreement reached on June 29, another telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has occurred, the Kremlin press office said on Monday. "The leaders have supported holding the third round of consultations between representatives of Kiev and southeastern regions as quickly as possible," Kremlin said.
US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that additional sanctions would be introduced over the crisis in Ukraine. In a telephone call with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also vowed he would press Russia to persuade the warring sides to abide by the fragile ceasefire agreement and "stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border", the White House said.
The leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine in a conference call on Wednesday urge extending a current ceasefire between government forces and militias in eastern Ukraine that expires on Thursday, the Kremlin said. The presidents of Russia, France and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande and Petr Poroshenko, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had "detailed exchanges of opinions on the crisis situation in Ukraine," the Russian president's office said.
President Francois Hollande has promised a bill by the end of the year to allow "medical assistance to end one's life with dignity" in cases involving terminally ill patients who have expressed a wish to die, dpa reports. The bill would go further than the 2005 Leonetti law, which bans doctors from actively helping patients die while allowing for "passive euthanasia," or withholding treatment, in certain cases.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has noted the importance of implementing the peace plan unveiled by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko on June 20. The peace plan was in the focus of telephone talks between Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the governmental spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Sunday.
BNP Paribas has neared a deal with US prosecutors that would see the French bank pay $8 billion to $9 billion and accept other punitive measures for violating American sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
In compliance with an earlier understanding President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during which they continued to exchange opinions about ways of overcoming the grave domestic crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service reported on Sunday.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Sunday to back talks between Kiev and rebels in eastern Ukraine, AFP reports.
Although France is traditionally seen as a country whose leaders are willing to do anything to please the US, the recent string of financial and economic conflicts proves that Washington is slowly losing its grip on Paris.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama will have a phone conversation on issues relating to the situation in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria in the next few days, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov told reporters. Russian President will also continue to discuss the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande over the phone in the coming days
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes direct contacts between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents, Vladimir Putin and Petr Poroshenko, on the situation in eastern Ukraine's embattled Lugansk and Donetsk regions, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Thursday.
The leaders of France and Germany on Thursday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to resume negotiations with Kiev on gas supplies to Ukraine, the French presidency said in a statement.
Over 150,000 French people have signed a petition to President Francois Hollande on granting whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum in France. The petition saying that "France, country of human rights and freedom of the press, has a particular obligation towards [him]" was published by the L’Express news magazine on June 3.
Ukraine's newly appointed president has to chose between two disastrous scenarios. He will either face the wrath of Washington or he will be isolated and ostracized by Russia and the European Union. During the D-Day celebrations in Normandy, German's chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande organized an ad-hoc meeting with Vladimir Putin and Petr Poroshenko.
President Vladimir Putin must be applauded, hailed and deeply respected for his statesmanship, his unwavering composure, his respect for protocol, his diplomacy and his iron self-control in maintaining his cool professionalism and business-like demeanor when being forced into what must have been a pressure cooker of historic proportions during the D-Day Celebrations in Normandy.