French lawmakers visited Crimea

MOSCOW — A group of French lawmakers visited Crimea this week, the first trip by a European delegation since Russia annexed the peninsula last year. They bought T-shirts, snapped photographs and were serenaded by a Russian pop singer.

The visit was condemned by France’s government, but the lawmakers, many from the Republicans, a center-right party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, said their visit was a private initiative.

Yves Pozzo di Borgo, right, and Jérôme Lambert, members of the French Parliament, at the Siege of Sevastopol Museum in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Friday. CreditPavel Rebrov/Reuters

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