Iranian president in France for deals bonanza

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) attends a meeting with French ministers and representatives of the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF) in Paris on January 27, 2016Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will on Thursday agree a host of commercial deals during a visit to France that offers the clearest demonstration yet of the Islamic Republic's post-sanctions buying power. Rouhani was formally welcomed to Paris by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius with military honours and national anthems, for the first visit to France by an Iranian president for 17 years. The real business of the visit will come when Rouhani officially signals Iran's intention to buy 114 passenger planes from European aircraft maker Airbus.


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