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On-the-spot France

Shipbuilders show their wares in Paris amid Russia mistral row

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The Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok
The Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok AFP/Frank Perry

France and Russia have traded swipes this week over a controversial warship deal. At the same time, the French government has invited arms contractors and shipbuilders from Russia and elsewhere to the Paris region for a week-long trade convention on maritime defence. 

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