France suspends participation in Sochi G8 preparatory meetings: source

PARIS (Reuters) - France has suspended participation in preparatory meetings ahead of a G8 meeting of world powers in Russia's Sochi, a source in President Francois Hollande's office said on Sunday.

"We have suspended our participation in the (G8) preparatory meetings," the source said.

(Reporting By Julien Ponthus; Writing by Nicholas Vinocur; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)