"Russia. We refuse to give them the Mistral [ships], but ask them to help us in Syria!!!!! Fortunately, laughter does not kill…," French MP Thierry Mariani tweeted on Sunday.
For his part, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jean-Luc Melenchon also expressed surprise about the French authorities' policy on Russia.
"As far as Russia is concerned, seeing the Russians as partners is a rather joyful sharp twist by Francois Hollande," Melenchon said in an interview with the TV channel France 3.
He said that this is something that cannot help but raise one's eyebrow.
"From now on, we will be cooperating with the Russians in the maritime sphere, whereas we [earlier] refused to sell the Mistral ships to them," Melenchon recalled.
"Hollande refused to sell the Mistral warships to Russia. Now he wants a bigger coalition with Russia. What an inconsistency", Morano told France 3.
France and Russia terminated a contract in August 2015 following Hollande’s suspension of the warships’ delivery late last year due to the Ukrainian conflict. Paris was obligated to repay Moscow over one billion dollars as compensation for the breached contract.