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Iranians slam France on nuclear talks

Iranian media, politicians and citizens have reacted harshly to what they perceive as French obstructionism in the nuclear negotiations.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius leaves the Intercontinental hotel on the third day of closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva November 9, 2013.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY HEADSHOT) - RTX156G4

TEHRAN — France and its capital, Paris, have always been the destination for Iran's intellectuals and its urban middle and upper classes, but what some Iranians view as France's sabotage of the recent five permanent members of the UN Security Council (P5+1) nuclear negotiations has resulted in a significant change in their opinion of French politicians. Iranian media, parliament members and citizens have responded harshly, some even going as far as to post criticism of France's position on the Facebook page of Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Tehran University professor Sadeq Zibaqalam, said in an interview with the government-run Iranian News Agency, "France always wants to demonstrate its independence from the United States and other European countries, and so its foreign minister's opposition can also be interpreted along these lines." He further explained, "Fabius is pursuing the views of Saudi Arabia and Israel.”

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