The document proposed by the opposition, headed by the Deputy Thierry Mariani, endorsed by a majority of votes. Only in the vote was attended by 98 representatives, 55 of them voted in support of the resolution. Just the 577 national Assembly deputies, notes RBC.

Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon is confident that the majority of French is in favour of lifting sanctions against Russia. Even the ruling socialist party is not able to block the relevant resolution," said Fillon at the end of the parliamentary session, reports TASS.

Earlier, the leader of the French far-right party "national front" marine Le Pen called the absurdity of sanctions against Russia, but also critical against the extension of restrictions, due to expire in the summer of 2016.

At the end of last year, Mariani had already made a proposal on the abolition of anti-Russian restrictive measures for consideration by the National Assembly. In July 2015 he led the French delegation, which visited the Crimean Peninsula. To the French foreign Ministry condemned the visit of the deputies in Crimea, calling it "a personal initiative of parliamentarians".

As reported, in mid-April the Minister of foreign Affairs and international cooperation of Italy Paolo Gentiloni called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia. According to him, at the end of June at the EU summit will discuss the issue of sanctions against Russia.

Russia is under economic sanctions of some countries, including member States of the European Union, USA, Japan, Australia and Canada. Restrictions on banking, oil and defense sectors. International sanctions were imposed over the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.