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Peugeot, France, and Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Agence France Presse reports:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that France and Israel share “identical” views on the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program following talks in Paris with President Nicolas Sarkozy. French presidential spokesman David Martinon said, “Israel and France share the view that the Iranian nuclear program must be implemented with the greatest transparency and for peaceful ends.” “A nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable for France and for Israel,” he said.

So what is France doing to persuade Iran to curtail its program? It certainly has much to do on the economic front, it would seem.
One example is provided by Iran’s Press News agency, which reports:

“Latest figures show Iran is the fourth largest producer of France’s Peugeot automobiles worldwide after France, Malaysia and Spain. Iran manufactured 245,808 units of Peugeots, which consists of eight percent of the company’s total output.”

On another note, the French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Islamic Republic News Agency (which is a government propaganda operation) have announced that they will expand bilateral cooperation.

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.