Although this is the first Iranian President visit in Europe since the year of 1999, being focused on trade agreements between Iran and France, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was greeted by a public hanging in Paris.
This “hanging” was carried out on the Paris pedestrian bridge by a group of feminist activists called Femen in order to criticize Iran’s policy regarding death penalties. A banner was also hung across the bridge saying “Welcome Rouhani, Executioner of Freedom”. True, Iran is a country where the death penalty is extremely common, being mainly applied to drug dealers and smugglers, but this does not mean that this visit should have been approached in this manner.
The meeting itself, between President Rouhani and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, is meant to quell past tensions between East and West, installing profitable trade routes for various sides of the market. According to the President, his country is an extremely viable in terms of favorability, following Iran’s nuclear programs’ sanction removal.
But this attempt at creating favorable terrain between Europe and Iran, in order to renew commerce in the region, is still hindered by the US’s decision to keep bank restriction towards Iran.
Peugeot-Citroen is the first to benefit from this decision of opening commercial borders between Iran and France, planning a joint venture with Iranian car manufacturer Khodro in order to produce over 200,000 cars outside of Teheran. This partnership will be made 50-50 between the two parties, with Peugeot-Citroen also planning to release 3 new car models in the next few years if the region.
According to the company’s spokespersons, this agreement has been planned before the sanctions were actually removed. This is due to the fact that Peugeot-Citroen used to be a major player in the Iranian car market before the restrictions were installed in the first place.
President Rouhani’s trip will also lead him to UNESCO in order to discuss the threats faced by the country’s 80 million population. The final segment of the trip will consist of an overseeing ceremony conducted by the Iranian President and French President Francois Hollande. This ceremony will encompass the signing of 20 bilateral accords between the two parties.
Even if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was greeted by a public hanging in Paris, created by feminist activists, this meeting between the two countries’ leaders will conclude in a favorable manner for both Iran and France. But it is worth noting that even if the nuclear program restrictions have been lifted, France is currently considering to install new restrictions regarding Iran’s ballistic missile programs and tests.