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Hollande’s Putin standoff fueling election debate

Reuters, PARIS

An IFOP poll taken just after Russia began airstrikes in September last year, showed that 25 percent of French had a favorable opinion of Putin.

That figure increased to 37 percent among those who back the National Front, whose leader, Marine Le Pen, is widely expected to reach the runoff stage in the presidential election.

Le Pen has said she admires Putin and believes France should seek an alliance with him and the Syrian government to fight militants.

“France’s role is diplomacy and that means speaking to all powers, nations and making our voice heard,” her campaign director David Rachline said.

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