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France Defies Allies, Confirms Warship for Russia

President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia. One backer dismissed their objections as hypocritical. Speaking on the eve of a European Union meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over Thursday’s downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner over eastern Ukraine, Hollande said late Monday that a first Mistral warship would be handed over on schedule in October....

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