Iranian president in France for deals bonanza

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) attends a meeting with French ministers and representatives of the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF) in Paris on January 27, 2016Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will on Thursday agree a host of commercial deals during a visit to France that offers the clearest demonstration yet of the Islamic Republic’s post-sanctions intentions. The visit, the first to France by an Iranian president since 1999, is the second leg of a trip signalling Tehran’s rapprochement with Europe following the lifting of the measures imposed over its nuclear programme. Although not termed an official visit, Rouhani will be received by President Francois Hollande with military honours and national anthems.

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