French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had some strong words for his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, saying that any moves to attack Mariupol would be crossing a red line for France. NPR:
“I told my counterpart Sergei Lavrov that such a move would mean Russia wants to make a link with Crimea, and that would change everything,” said Fabius.Then he stated that Europe would have to look at slapping new sanctions on Russia. […]One French analyst says it is becoming increasingly painful to watch fruitless negotiations with Russia, when it is clear the separatists and their Russian allies have no intention of stopping the fight.
The French are among the doves in Europe when it comes to Russia, so this outburst could represent a hardening of official European attitudes—and might make the imposition of new sanctions more likely than most analysts think.