Topic: Pierre Hassner
The opening of a Foreign Ministry office for religion signals a rising awareness of the political clout of the world's faiths.
As president heads to France, Europeans ask how best to respond to an ally that is suddenly sending all the signals it has hoped for.
In the coming weeks, the West will be shaping a long-term response to what many see as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's bid to change the post-cold-war world.
Despite tensions over missile deals and NATO expansion, the West's ties with Russia are far more nuanced than in Soviet days.