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France and Russia talk arms and energy

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The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Paris for a three day state visit.

France has been keen to improve ties with Moscow and President Nicolas Sarkozy will be seeking support for tough sanctions against Iran.

Talks on energy tie-ups and weapons will also be amongst the priorities; the first big arms sale by a NATO country to Russia.

Further agreements on energy cooperation under which Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom will increase its exports to France will be signed during the visit.