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    The Kremlin closely follows the election campaign in France, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday, pointing out that the scope of bilateral cooperation between the countries could be much greater.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon placed an unexpected first in the primaries race to become The Republican (LR) party's nominee for the presidential election.

    "We follow the progress of the election campaign, the primaries in France with great interest," Peskov told reporters. " France is our partner, a country that Russia maintains good relations with, and with which the scope of cooperation could be much greater than it is now."

    Peskov stressed the constructive level of cooperation that Putin established with Fillon as prime minister in 2008-2012, a period that coincided with Fillon's premiership.

    "At that time there was fairly constructive work in terms of building bilateral relations, and indeed they maintain quite good relations," the Kremlin spokesman said.

    In April, the French National Assembly approved an LR-proposed resolution calling on the government to lift anti-Russia sanctions introduced in 2014 and since extended several times.


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