France vows to trade with Iran in defiance of US

Europe: Are we America’s vassals?’



On the heels of Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal, France’s economy minister has urged Europe to stop acting like “US vassals” and continue trading with Tehran in defiance of what “the global economic policeman” has in store.

“Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?”Bruno le Maire asked in an emotional interview with Europe 1.

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“Do we want the United States to be the economic policeman of the planet? Or do we Europeans say that we have economic interests, we want to continue to trade with Iran as part of a strategic agreement?” he asked, adding: “It’s time for all European states to open their eyes.”

His interview comes on the back of Washington’s decision to pull out of a milestone 2015 deal that sought to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting decades-long sanctions and wider economic cooperation. The move was coupled with renewed restrictions targeting trade with Iran.

On Thursday, US individuals and entities were barred from doing business with six Iranian individuals and three companies that the Treasury claims have ties to the Revolutionary Guards. The US also says companies doing business in Iran now have six months to halt economic activity, and cannot sign new contracts or they will face sanctions.

Addressing the sanctions, le Maire said he had called his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin and asked him “about either exemptions for a number of our companies, or longer deadlines [to comply with renewed sanctions].” Plane-maker Airbus, oil giant Total, and car manufacturers such as Renault and Peugeot could be among the French companies affected the most.

In the meantime, the minister urged other European nations to step up their economic sovereignty. In the coming weeks and months, France will reach out to other countries and look at “how to endow Europe with financial tools to become independent from the United States.”

At the end of May, le Maire will meet British and German finance ministers to also look at “what we can do in response to these US decisions on extraterritoriality,” the minister said, adding that “It is urgent to go from words to deeds.”

The French minister told reporters that European countries do realize that “we cannot keep going in the direction we are headed today whereby we submit to American decisions.” He said France, together with other European partners, “hopes to present proposals to the European Commission which go in this sense.”

READ MORE: Washington’s Iran sanctions bite: Germany trying to ‘minimize’ damage, France wants exemptions

Other European powers have advocated regaining independence in world affairs in last days. Honoring French President Emmanuel Macron, who came to Aachen, Germany, to receive the prestigious Charlemagne Prize, Chancellor Angela Merkel said “it’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us,” urging Europe “to take its fate into its own hands.”

France, the UK and Germany have all said earlier that they will continue to work with Iran to try to save the 2015 nuclear agreement. Berlin, in particular, promised it would help affected companies to “minimize the negative consequences” of the US move, with Economy Minister Peter Altmaier saying: “That means, it is concretely about damage limitation.”


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  1. LS…

    I would say lets be friends with the American people and the Russians to. I would say at the same time: F#ck the Zionists of all nations and fight for humanity and a sane world !

  2. Look, i should say that it is thanks to Trump the EU starts to claim such things. When there was tanned guy Obama, it was OK. Merkel is strange person, but she has great experience in politics. And now she realizes that free bonus times are passing. No more gifts. No more rivers of money, no protection. Trump is a cognitive dissonance. But he opened the EU’s eyes. They got used to live like a kinder in the kindergarden. Now they understand: USA wants to break economy between EU and Russian, USA will never fight for EU as NATO member, USA is distant and can’t supply the EU with oil and gas. USA has no losts from the anti-Russian sanctions. The EU turned out to be the only fools in this situation.

    • As for Iran, guys, i will tell you what our experts and military people say. Russian. Iran never was Russian ally (the history proved us, Russians, that we never had true allies. Our ally is the Russian Army and Fleet). And won’t be. Syrian question is situational. Iran with Russia is only because they have temporary and situational profit from it. Iran is needed in Syrian conflict, but it may start its own game. So, we have to keep an eye on Iran. Their cats and dogs fight with Israel may turn into very bad situation. Out of control.

  3. So much for Trumps speech at the UN when he told countries that they to should think of their ‘Countries first’, this guys a moron, but I guess Nuttyaho/Bolton arn’t finished with him yet?!!

    And that photo above, must be the most embarrassing ever of two leaders, the french poodle being led along by his master,reminds me of Bernard Baruch, leading Woodrow Wilson like one would a poodle on a string.

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