Paris freezes assets of suspected Iranian intelligence operatives as Tehran denies involvement in plan against exiled opposition group.
Under threat of US sanctions Total has officially halted its multi-billion-dollar investments into a gas production project in Iran, while carmakers PSA, Renault and Daimler are also among those to suspend or drop plans to invest in the country, along with Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom.
The men, including an Iranian diplomat,will face claims they were involved in a plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally on the outskirts of Paris.
Four people held for allegedly plotting bombing of rally by MEK - a fringe group loathed in Tehran - attended by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
France's economy minister Bruno Le Maire has said he hoped the European Union would step in to compensate companies from among its member states who are targeted by sanctions which US president Donald Trump intends to introduce against firms doing business with Iran.
The company said it will end work on major South Pars 11 gas field project it began in July 2017 unless it is exempted.
French president’s offer seems calculated to appease US president's discontent with the current ‘bad deal’ on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Presidents Trump and Macron are expected to tackle pressing foreign policy issues from Iran deal to Syria as French leader starts US state visit.
French president has expressed his concern to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani over number of casualties in six days of protests.
Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency as saying that French President Emmanuel Macron, who has raised concern over Iranian ballistic missile tests, 'is now acting as Trump’s lapdog' and that 'France should not blindly follow the Americans'.
French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and her German counterpart Angela Merkel have issued a joint statement in support of the 2015 agreement with Iran limiting its use of nuclear technology which US President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not recertify, while Macron phoned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to assure him in person of France's committment to the deal.
French foreign minister warns US that abandoning nuclear agreement with Iran would trigger a 'spiral of proliferation' in the Middle East.
French forein minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said his country's intelligence services will present proof that the Syrian regime launched a chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun on April 4th which claimed 86 lives, which both Damascus and its allies, Russia and Iran, have denied.