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Putin to join dozens of speakers on Paris climate talks' first day, France says

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, in Russia, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, in Russia, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, left, Minister of the Environment of Peru and COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, and French Foreign Affairs Minister, and COP 21, President Laurent Fabius, talk to media during a press visit of the COP21, Paris Climate Conference, site, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Some 80 heads of state including President Barack Obama, and tens of thousands of other people, are expected in Paris for the conference opening. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, left, Minister of the Environment of Peru and COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, and French Foreign Affairs Minister, and COP 21, President Laurent Fabius, talk to media during a press visit of the COP21, Paris Climate Conference, site, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Some 80 heads of state including President Barack Obama, and tens of thousands of other people, are expected in Paris for the conference opening. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boards reading "The planet is in our hands", left, and "We cannot say to our children that we did not know" are pictured in the site of the COP21, Paris Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Some 80 heads of state including President Barack Obama, and tens of thousands of other people, are expected in Paris for the conference opening. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Boards reading "The planet is in our hands", left, and "We cannot say to our children that we did not know" are pictured in the site of the COP21, Paris Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Some 80 heads of state including President Barack Obama, and tens of thousands of other people, are expected in Paris for the conference opening. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

France's foreign minister says Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation to attend the upcoming U.N. climate conference in Paris.

Laurent Fabius says Putin will be among the speakers on the conference's first day, along with President Barack Obama and leaders of India, China and more than 100 others. The Kremlin hasn't confirmed Putin's participation at the so-called COP 21 talks, which aim to reach the most ambitious accord to date limiting emissions that cause global warming.

Organizers expect at least 40,000 people in addition to tens of thousands of activists from environmental, human rights and other groups to attend the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 conference.

Fabius spoke Sunday during a meeting of foreign and environment ministers to prepare the way for the climate conference's final negotiations.