Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame cathedral
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Russia's French Christmas tree diplomacy

Russia has donated a Christmas tree to the Notre Dame cathedral in France, following an appeal for help.

The cathedral had struggled to raise the money for its annual tree and appealed to foreign embassies in Paris for assistance.

The surprise donation comes at a time of strained relations between the two countries, over Russia's involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

Lucy Williamson reports from Paris.

  • 14 Dec 2014
  • From the section Europe
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