Keyword: sanctions

France seeks EU aide for firms facing US sanctions over Iran deals

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.

French oil firm Total seeks exemption from US sanctions over 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.

France slams US moves to sanction firms trading with Iran

The French government has reacted angrily to US President Donald Trump's decision, after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, to re-impose sanctions on companies that do business with Tehran and which include Airbus, French carmakers Renault and PSA, and oil giant Total.

France calls for end to sanctions on Qatari nationals

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking in Qatar, where he met with his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, called on Saturday for the lifting 'as soon as possible' of the sanctions against Qatari nationals imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt which affect 'bi-national families that have been separated or students'.

France seeks UN sanctions against Syria chemical attack perpetrators

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on the United Nations Security Council to vote a resolution that places those who commit chemical attacks in Syria under sanctions, adding that the Syrian army and the Islamic State group had used chemical weapons agaisnt civilians 'on at least three occasions'.

France and UK seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria bombings

Diplomatic sources said Paris and London have also raised the prospect of sanctions on 12 Russians involved in the Syrian conflict, adding them to the EU's list of some 200 people that also includes three Iranians, with similar sanctions against Syrian individuals.

French MPs back lifting of sanctions on Russia

The non-binding vote supports ending the EU sanctions slapped on Russia after it annexed Crimea and after tension escalated over Ukraine.

France hopes to see Russia sanctions lifted 'this summer'

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron made statement to French business executives during a visit to Moscow.

France moves for UN sanctions against those blocking peace moves in CAR

France says it and UN 'partners' want to freeze assets and ban travel of parties hindering peace transition in strife-torn Central African Republic.

Hollande sees end to Russia sanctions

The French president said recent 'progress' in the ceasefire in the Ukraine left few obstacles to lifting EU and US sanctions against Moscow.

Ukraine crisis: France halts warship delivery to Russia

France says conditions are 'not right' for delivery of first of two Mistral navy assault ships, blaming Moscow's recent actions in Ukraine.

France signals tougher sanctions against Russia

Speaking before a meeting of EU heads of state, President François Hollande said 'decisions must be made' to halt escalation in Ukraine crisis.

After loud complaints from French, silence as BNP penalty is announced

Initial reaction is muted in Paris as the $8.9 billion and other US penalties against France's largest bank are slightly less tough than forecast.

US set to unveil record fine for France's BNP bank

American Justice Department expected to announce a record fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged sanctions violations by France's biggest bank.

Ukraine crisis: Russia sanctions could start this week, says France

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius warns measures against Russia could kick in soon if Moscow does not respond to Western proposals to solve crisis.