The fight against terrorism and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine will top the agenda when newly inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Russian President Vladimir Putin in Versailles on Monday.
At last week's G7 summit in Italy, Macron said he was looking forward to a discerning dialogue on the Syrian conflict with the Russian leader, in a meeting set to begin Monday at 1:45 pm (1145 GMT).
In the Syrian civil war, France and Russia support opposing sides, but agree on a need to eradicate UN-designated terrorist groups, particularly the Islamic State extremist organization.
Russia has been the main military backer of the ruling regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally. France has been a prominent supporter of the Syrian opposition.
In the French election campaign, Macron took a harder line on relations with Russia than his opponents.
On Tuesday, an exhibition is also due to open in Versailles, documenting the visit to France of Russian emperor Peter the Great in 1717, marking 300 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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