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Putin snubs Hollande amid Syria tensions

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>> As this Russian Orthodox center opens in the heart of Paris, two notable people are not singing from the same hymn sheet. Russian leader Vladimir Putin cancelling his trip to France to inaugurate the church, leaving it to go ahead without him. This came after comments made by his French counterpart.
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Francois Hollande had refused to roll out the red carpet for Putin in a row over Syria, agreeing only to meet for talks on Russian involvement in Aleppo, where he says Moscow is carrying out war crimes. Dubbed by locals as Saint Vladimir, the church is the biggest Russian landmark in Paris, complete with cultural center and a primary school for 150 children.
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When construction began in 2014, it was planned to represent the tens of thousands of Russians living in France. Instead, it's opening highlights a time of chilling relations between Moscow and the west. But even some politicians in France are losing faith in Hollande, calling his approach to Putin a rush to cold war.