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Le Pen criticises France's decision to halt Mistral warship sale to Russia

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By Everton Gayle
Le Pen criticises France's decision to halt Mistral warship sale to Russia

<p>Marine Le Pen has denounced the decision by France to put on hold the delivery of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia because of Moscow’s actions in eastern Ukraine.</p> <p>Le Pen said the decision showed that France was failing to stand up for itself and was being submissive in the face of American diplomacy.</p> <p>“This decision is very serious, first because it goes against the interests of the country,” said Marine Le Pen on <span class="caps">RTL</span>.</p> <p>A refusal to deliver the two ships, the sale of which amounts to €1.2bn, means France would have to compensate Moscow.</p> <p>The president of the National Front has hit out at the “huge cost” for employment and taxpayers, arguing that the fines could reach up to €10bn.</p> <p>Four hundred Russian soldiers have been training to operate the carriers since the end of June in shipyards at Saint-Nazaire. Delivery had been due to begin in October. ​</p>