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France foreign policy is purely based on SELF INTEREST. Has always been so in Europe and also in global affairs. Typical is the bombing of Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor which set out to protest French nuclear tests in the Pacific. France has huge interest in African states and took it upon themselves to intervene militarily in Mali in order to protect the Niger uranium mines expolited by French nuclear agglomerate Aréva.

The Middle-East with Lebanon and Syria is still part of the French colonial empire of influence. France with Hollande was the last man left standing to intervene in Syria by the US bombing raid.

France wants those Saudi Arabian military contracts awfully bad and will crawl through the sands from Mecca to Riyadh to get the King's signature.

Netanyahu will fall into a deep depression when he awakens to find his enemy of last resort, the ayatollahs of Persia, have returned in grace to the western powers and the huge looming contracts await the BP's, Exxon, Shell, Halliburton and Bechtel.

In the assassination of Rafic Hariri, France joined Israel and the US to put blame on and frame Assad's Syria for the massive bombing. The UN investigation has proved otherwise.

CIA activities in Persia under the Shah

by Oui on Sun Nov 10th, 2013 at 04:45:13 AM EST
France foreign policy is purely based on SELF INTEREST.

Good thing all the other countries are different. Phew!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 10th, 2013 at 05:18:31 AM EST
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France blocks last-minute deal on Iran nuclear program

(Digital Journal) - The Geneva conference saw Iran and major world powers pushing for a deal that would freeze some of Iran's nuclear program. The renewed talks brought an option for Iran to end the crippling international sanctions and opportunity to sell its oil.

However, clear divisions emerged among the US and European allies when France hinted that the proposals being discussed did not sufficiently diminish the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb.

Reportedly a last-minute draft deal on Iran's nuclear program hit a snag when France insisted on Iran to suspend the Arak heavy water reactor while talks move with the aim of reaching a first-stage agreement and then a comprehensive final deal, the Tehran Times reported.

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius caused the talks to hit a snag as he insisted that Iran must suspend the Arak heavy water reactor while negotiations continue with the goal of reaching a first-stage agreement and then a comprehensive final deal.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius raised the objection that Iran's Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor south-east of Tehran could produce enough plutonium for several nuclear weapons a year once it goes online [slated for 2015! - Oui]. He also raised objections over efforts to limit Iran's uranium enrichment to levels.

PressTV: France wrecks P5+1 deal out of concern for 'Israel's security'

by Oui on Sun Nov 10th, 2013 at 04:17:22 PM EST
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France Crashes the Geneva Party, Scuttles Iran Deal

(Informed Comment) - The Iranian newspaper Tabnak printed a minute-by-minute account of Saturday's dramatic on-again off-again push toward a diplomatic agreement on Iran's nuclear enrichment program. It contains little editorializing but by the key placement of news items, it tells a story about French and Israeli bad faith.

Catherine Ashton of the European Union and Secretary of State John Kerry had worked for months with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a text, which put forward a set confidence-building steps. They were careful to have no details leak.

Because Iranian president Hasan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif were deeply concerned that their opening toward negotiations with the West would be sabotaged by hard liners in the Revolutionary Guards and around theocrat-in-chief Ali Khamenei, they had stipulated that no details of any agreement be leaked during the negotiations. Fabius blatantly disregarded this rule. Le Monde reported openly that he had three concerns.

Agence France Presse reported the reaction to Fabius's turn as the bull in the China shop. One anonymous diplomat told journalists,

    "The Americans, the European Union and the Iranians have worked intensively for months on this proposal, and this is nothing more than an attempt by Fabius to give himself belated importance."

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) greeted Fabius's stunt with "Thank God for France!" on CNN. Sen. John McCain tweeted: "Viva La France!"

Iran and France trade barbs as nuclear talks hit trouble

by Oui on Sun Nov 10th, 2013 at 04:45:46 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Nov 10th, 2013 at 05:06:59 PM EST
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Iran and IAEA sign joint statement to resolve outstanding issues

Iran issued the needed permission for the IAEA to start inspection of its heavy water reactor IR-40 in Arak and Gachin Uranium Mine, two bones of contention in Iran-IAEA debates in recent years.

The permission was issued within the framework of an agreement between Iran and the IAEA.

"The voluntary measure was adopted by the permission of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) to show Iran's good will, (otherwise) Iran has not such duty on the basis of the safeguards undertakings," Salehi told reporters after meeting Amano.

He said that the permission was issued after Iran and the IAEA agreed on a road map for cooperation and the Iranian government's new approach to voluntarily increase cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

Haaretz: UN nuclear agency, Iran strike deal on inspection of Arak reactor

by Oui on Mon Nov 11th, 2013 at 06:03:39 AM EST
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You cannot revoke Iran's rights to enrich uranium for civilian nuclear energy.

How the west drew the line at Iranian uranium enrichment

(Guardian) - A meeting in a Geneva hotel room between John Kerry and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, led to an 11th-hour toughening of the western position on Iran's nuclear programme that was unacceptable to Iranian negotiators, according to western officials.

In the discussion in the US secretary of state's room at the Geneva InterContinental, Fabius insisted on two key points in the drafting of an interim agreement with Iran: there should be no guarantees of Iran's right to enrich uranium in the agreement's preamble; and work would have to stop on a heavy-water nuclear reactor [IR-40 in Arak]. Iran is building the Arak reactor, capable of producing plutonium, about 130 miles south-west of Tehran.

The Saturday-night meeting was a late turning point in three days of intense talks among foreign ministers that resulted only in a decision to resume negotiations at a lower level in Geneva next week.

Issue of Arak reactor is quite bogus because it is not a proliferation problem

by Oui on Mon Nov 11th, 2013 at 03:31:29 PM EST
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