France’s presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has promised to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia if she is elected president in May.
Far from being isolated in the world stage, Russia’s achieved much in 2016.
After five years of a François Hollande presidency, the Socialist Party as well as the remnants of the other leftist parties in France, are in a very dire situation.
Francois Fillon – the likely candidate for the French Presidency of France’s centre right – is a harsh critic of France’s regime change policy in Syria, a supporter of engagement with Russia, and an opponent of the EU’s sanctions policy. He is also believed to be Russian President Putin’s personal friend.