Which of these 2 places has more severe winters - central Russia or the west coast of France? why?

Prentice Hall Science Explorer - chapter 4

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Central Russia would have the coldest winters due to their distance from the Sun. The earth's rotation and tilt give France just a bit more sunlight during the winter than Russia. Also, Central Russia has a higher elevation, and western France is near the coast where the waters can keep it relatively warm.