French deputies defy government with vote to lift Russian sanctions

Russian sanctions: France’s lower house of parliament yesterday voted in favour of lifting European Union sanctions against Russia in a non-binding in defiance of the  Socialist government’s recommendation. French deputies voted by 55-44 in favour of the resolution to lift the sanctions slapped on Moscow by the 28-member EU  in July 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea and was accused of backing separatists in  Ukraine.
“(The sanctions are) totally ineffective today to solve this international crisis and are dangerous for France’s interests,” said Thierry Mariani, who represents French residents in eastern Europe and Russia and who tabled the resolution. 

Source: reuters