Russia and France have a lot of bright and mutually beneficial prospects in the airspace industry, said Russian president Vladimir Putin opening his Kremlin meeting with French prime minister Lionel Jospin. Vladimir Putin stressed he would be happy to continue the discussion of the airspace cooperation which Lionel Jospin had earlier talked about with Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov. I want to congratulate myself and you on the fact that a French female astronaut has once again flown to space, added the Russian leader. French Astronaut Andre-Claudie Haignere started off for the International Space Station on October 21. The Soyuz TM-33 spacecraft with two Russian cosmonauts Viktor Afanasyev and Konstantin Kozeyev and the French astronaut was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on October 21.