Can denotation be absent in denoting phrase?

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‘’One of the first difficulties that confront us, when we adopt the view that denoting phrases express meaning and denote a denotation, concerns the cases in which the denotation appears to be absent.’’  Russell states that if we say ‘the King of England is bald’ this sentence is about the actual man that is being talked about, referred to by the meaning, not the complicated structural meaning of ‘the King of England’.  Same as before, if we were to talk about the ‘present King of France’ again, the sentence being solely about the denotation of the phrase, we come across a problem as although the sentence makes sense, has meaning, it does not have a referring object...
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