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France’s Mistral sale to Russia– a deal with the devil?

Despite Paris’ condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, a €1.2bn deal to sell two Mistral warships is still going ahead; a move that has provoked criticism by NATO and EU member states. Could the threat of losing out on this highly capable vessel really influence Putin’s foreign policy, and would there be any way for France to mitigate the disastrous financial fallout?

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