French President Francois Hollande is traveling to Moscow on Thursday, part of his weeklong push for a stronger coalition against Islamic State militants in Syria that should unite France, the United States and Russia in the aftermath of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and jolted the West.
The French president comes to Moscow with intent to make progress on three priority issues: to prevent Syrian President Bashar Assad from targeting civilians, to focus the airstrikes on IS militants - not the moderate Syrian opposition - and to make progress toward a process of political transition in Syria.
Russia on Thursday stepped up its retaliation against Turkey for the downing of one of its warplanes, tightening controls over Turkish food imports as President Vladimir Putin demanded Ankara apologize. Tensions have soared after Turkish fighter jets shot down the bomber on the Syrian border on Tues
Monument à la République, Paris baraa_kell / Flickr PARIS —There was indeed a period of public mournfulness here, but it did not last long. The bars and cafés are filled once again with chatter and cigarettes; subway-riders have returned to unabashed discourtesy. At local bookshops, A Moveable Feast, Hemingway's memoir of a bohemian life in the French capital in the 1920s, is suddenly in great demand.