Source AP ©

France tries to kick Iran using ecinomic measures

France said on Thursday that the European companies should reduce their investments in Iran and not seek new markets there.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's spokesman said such measures were being considered because it could take time for the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against Tehran.

The proposed European recommendations that companies scale back business in Iran could be introduced outside of the U.N. framework and without an agreement by all 27 European Union members, said the spokesman, David Martinon.

"They are recommendations which we hope each European Union state would address to their companies which are present or which envisage having a presence in Iran," he said at a news briefing.

Under the proposal, European companies would be asked to "at least not pitch for new markets in Iran," and financial institutions recommended to reduce their investments there, he said.

A new U.N. sanctions resolution "could take time. It is therefore for this reason that we are thinking of additional measures," said Martinon.

He said France hopes that all EU nations would take up the recommendations with their companies "and we are not the only ones who wish for that." He would not name the other countries which he said backed the proposal.

Comments
Putin warns of consequences should Georgia and Ukraine become NATO members
The Big Brexit mistake
Putin makes first public comment on Russian pension reform
Serbia will recognize Kosovo only over its dead body
Serbia will recognize Kosovo only over its dead body
Serbia will recognize Kosovo only over its dead body
Serbia will recognize Kosovo only over its dead body
Serbia will recognize Kosovo only over its dead body
Putin makes first public comment on Russian pension reform
Russian party girl Nastya Rybka refuses to please Washington
Americans obtain secret information about Russia’s new Avangard missiles
Americans obtain secret information about Russia’s new Avangard missiles
Militant Greek atheist Alexis Tsipras betrays his people, Orthodoxy and Russia
Putin makes first public comment on Russian pension reform
Putin makes first public comment on Russian pension reform
Putin does not exclude war with Ukraine in Donbass
Serbia will recognize Kosovo only over its dead body
Putin makes first public comment on Russian pension reform
Putin makes first public comment on Russian pension reform
Putin makes first public comment on Russian pension reform
Donbass referendum: Putin’s bright move to force Ukraine to obey