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Jun 29, 2015

Insight – France bets on Arab Sunni states as Iran nuclear deal nears

VIENNA (Reuters) – France has asked its firms to prepare a return to Iran ahead of a likely deal with powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, but Paris’ tough stance in talks and ties with Sunni Arab states means its “love-hate” relationship with Iran will continue.

Despite a long history of commercial, political and social links with Iran that even saw Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei exiled near Paris in 1979, France has arguably been the most demanding among the six powers negotiating a final accord.

Jun 29, 2015

France bets on Arab Sunni states as Iran nuclear deal nears

VIENNA, June 29 (Reuters) – France has asked its firms to
prepare a return to Iran ahead of a likely deal with powers to
curb Tehran’s nuclear program, but Paris’ tough stance in talks
and ties with Sunni Arab states means its “love-hate”
relationship with Iran will continue.

Despite a long history of commercial, political and social
links with Iran that even saw Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei exiled
near Paris in 1979, France has arguably been the most demanding
among the six powers negotiating a final accord.

Jun 28, 2015

Iran nuclear talks set to go beyond deadline as differences remain

VIENNA, June 28 (Reuters) – The six world powers seeking to
negotiate an historic agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear
programme plan to carry on negotiating beyond a Tuesday
deadline, a senior U.S. official
said on Sunday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to leave
Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with the country’s
leadership on the state of negotiations, Iran said.

Jun 28, 2015

EU’s Mogherini says “not impossible” to get Iran nuclear deal

PARIS (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday it was not impossible to get a deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program but said tough days lay ahead as a self-imposed June 30 deadline nears.

France’s foreign minister said on Saturday an accord remained elusive due to disagreements over fundamental issues, while the U.S. and Iranian top diplomats said hard work was still needed for what could be their final negotiations to bridge significant differences.

Jun 27, 2015

Disputes linger as Iran, powers push for nuclear deal: France

VIENNA (Reuters) – An accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program remains elusive due to disagreements on fundamental issues, France’s foreign minister said on Saturday in Vienna, just days before the June 30 deadline for a deal.

Laurent Fabius spoke to reporters upon arrival in the Austrian capital after top U.S. and Iranian diplomats said hard work was still needed for what could be their final negotiations to bridge significant differences.

Jun 26, 2015

Big hurdles to Iran nuclear deal as deadline looms

VIENNA, June 26 (Reuters) – As a June 30 deadline for a
final nuclear deal approaches, major differences remain between
Iran and world powers on several key issues including sanctions
relief and U.N. access to Iranian sites, a senior Western
diplomat said on Friday.

“The most difficult subjects need to be resolved in the
coming days,” the diplomat told reporters on condition of
anonymity in the Austrian capital, where talks between the
United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran
have entered their final phase.

Jun 25, 2015

France cracks down on Uber after taxi driver protests

PARIS (Reuters) – France ordered a nationwide clampdown on UberPOP on Thursday, siding with taxi drivers who blockaded major transport hubs in angry protests against the popular online ride-sharing service.

Furious at what they regard as unfair competition, cabbies blocked roads to the capital’s airports, overturned cars and burned tyres to press for the scheme to be abolished.

Jun 25, 2015

French minister urges UberPOP ban as taxi protest blocks airports

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s interior minister called for a nationwide legal clampdown on UberPOP on Thursday, siding with taxi drivers who blockaded major transport hubs in angry protests against the U.S. online ridesharing service.

Arguing that the service represented unfair competition, cabbies blocked roads to the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports, prompting operator Aeroports de Paris to warn travelers to use local train services.

Jun 24, 2015

France, Saudi Arabia inch closer to civil nuclear deal

PARIS, June 24 (Reuters) – France and Saudi Arabia agreed on
Wednesday to press ahead with feasibility studies to build two
flagship Areva-designed EPR nuclear reactors as the
two allies firm up business ties amid tensions across the
region.

The countries set up a joint committee in May to finalise
some 20 projects across sectors ranging from defence to
transport infrastructure and civil aviation over the coming
months worth billions of euros.

Jun 24, 2015

France summons U.S. envoy over ‘unacceptable’ spying

PARIS (Reuters) – France on Wednesday summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain allegations of what French President Francois Hollande branded “unacceptable” spying by the United States on French officials.

Hollande held an emergency meeting of ministers and army commanders after WikiLeaks revelations that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the last three French presidents.