Reading it was pretty easy. Still can't make out a word of it though when listening to conversational French. That isn't a problem for me though since I wasn't interested in learning to speak French.
German is easy to read and understand. Russian is hard for both. Very hard for me.
They both got progressively easier as I found techniques and methods to vastly improve my learning ability. Solving the issue of remembering appropriate gender made German and now Russian much, much easier. Ditto for remembering particularly troublesome words or spellings.
Funny thing is I still use the brute force, rote learning approach in French because that is how I learned it through Duo and Memrise. I use Duo more as a channel of interest in German and Russian. A source that shows me vocab I wouldn't necessarily come across or uses it in ways that I might otherwise avoid. Don't use Memrise at all now because it seems a pitifully slow way to learn vocabulary.
Now that I am living in northern European country with a very small population with non romance/teutonic language, I am using Memrise. There just isn't much on the net to help with acquiring vocab otherwise. It is still a very slow way to build vocab. And it doesn't help with anything else. Especially in my target language.