Russian President Putin French President Chirac and German Chancellor Schroeder talk during a stroll at the presidential residence in Sochi. Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), French President Jacques Chirac (L) and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder talk during a stroll at the presidential residence in Sochi, August 31, 2004. France redoubled its diplomatic efforts on Tuesday to save two French reporters held hostage in Iraq ahead of a new deadline to scrap a school headscarf ban, as the Islamic militant group Hamas called for the men’s release. Chirac travelled to Russia for talks with his anti-Iraq war allies, Putin and Schroeder, while his Foreign Minister Michel Barnier was in Jordan, neighbouring Iraq. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin PP05060096 – RTR9MGD