Either Hollande is a clown or he better stick to the issues he knows more about--such as gay marriage and other "vital" French national "interests". How about more "diversity"?
Monsieur Hollande, please, read this blog (I am being facetious, of course) :
1. You had a chance to be a statesman, you decided to be a politician, you miserably failed in both undertakings. So give it a rest--there is NOTHING to decide here, because:
2. Russia and her Navy DO NOT NEED these glorified Mistral ferries, which add NO combat value whatsoever to Russian Navy's capabilities, other than the ability to "project" the force against some third world shithole. In fact, they deduct from real combat capability. Why, is a separate issue.
3. These vessels will live, in case of a serious naval conflict, exactly as long as it will take for enemy submarines' (or even surface combatants) CICS to develop firing solution and that will be it. Russian Navy has no time, nor desire to play with some "mighty", essentially semi-civilian, vessels, whose appearance on French-Russian political horizon was due to "I scratch your back--you scratch mine" deal between Kremlin and Sarkozy, as a favor for Sarkozy's mediation of Russian-European relations, after Russian 58th Army gave Saakashvili's armed forces a lesson in combined arms warfare operations on 08-08-08.
So, Monsieur President, take those ugly vessels and shov.....just leave them out of Russia, please. Or wait, until true French patriot, Marine Le Pen, gets elected--then, Russia and France will have a lot more of substance to discuss than just the fate of two hapless and useless, I may add, floating coffins. Vive la France!