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Hollande is hurting politically on sanctions and the Mistral fiasco.

Clearly he would prefer them lifted, but in a way that saves his face and leaves him free to argue they "worked" and he was right to favor them initially.

By tying end of sanctions to some undefined "progress" that Moscow is supposed to deliver he also ducks responsibility if he fails.

He'll claim he had done all he could have and tell French workers they should really be angry with Russia.