PARIS (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Tuesday that there was a risk of a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising, erupting if violence at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem did not ease and peace talks with Israel did not resume.
Israeli-Palestinian strife has risen sharply in recent weeks as Arab states and Palestinians have accused Israeli forces of violations at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.
PARIS (Reuters) – A senior French economic and political delegation heads to Tehran on Sunday to lay the groundwork for the first business contracts between France and Iran since an accord to curb its nuclear program in July.
France’s main business lobby group, the Medef, is sending a delegation comprising more than 100 firms to Iran, including companies such as oil major Total, planemaker Airbus and car manufacturer Peugeot.
UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) – Several nuclear security experts are urging the United Nations nuclear watchdog and world powers to release details of how a sensitive Iranian military site will be inspected as part of a landmark nuclear deal reached in July.
The experts, with long experience in international weapons inspections, said the failure to disclose the details was damaging the credibility of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a view that is rejected by the agency itself, the United States government and another prominent non-proliferation expert.
PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.
PARIS/UNITED NATIONS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – United Nations
inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take
samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said,
undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear
deal between Iran and world powers.
The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential
arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for
inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect
nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.
PARIS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – French firms have fallen behind
their main European, American and Asian rivals in reviving
economic ties with Iran since a deal to curb its nuclear
programme in July, a senior French executive said on Thursday.
France’s main business lobby group, the Medef, is sending a
delegation comprising about 130 firms to Iran, including top
companies such as Total and Peugeot, from
Sept. 21-23. They will be accompanied by the trade and
PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders on Wednesday to look beyond
their national interests and make sure a global deal to fight
climate change is agreed at talks in Paris this year.
With just 10 days scheduled for formal negotiations before
the climate summit begins in Paris on Nov. 30, work to pare back
a negotiating text, still more than 80 pages long, is behind
schedule and some important countries, including India and Saudi
Arabia, have yet to deliver promises on emissions cuts.
PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – France is in talks to sell two
Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt after their sale to Russia
was cancelled earlier this month, two sources close to the
matter said on Wednesday.
Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of
a two-year-old insurgency based across the Suez Canal in the
Sinai peninsula and fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could
spill over. Egypt’s allies are also keen to burnish its image in
a region beset by turmoil.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday Turkey must do more to tackle Islamic State in Syria and urged it to restore dialogue with Kurdish groups after launching strikes against them more than a month ago.
Hollande delivered his annual foreign policy speech to French ambassadors a day after the Turkish foreign minister told Reuters that Turkey and the United States would launch air operations to push Islamic State from a border area in northern Syria, something that could help prevent the militants bringing in fighters and arms in.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s hard line toward Tehran at nuclear negotiations will not hurt its businesses when they return to Iran after sanctions are lifted, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.
Next week Fabius will make the first visit to Iran by a French foreign minister in 12 years, following the deal major powers struck with Iran to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.