The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

France's Hollande warns Iran after meeting Israeli PM


PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday said he wanted "concrete acts" from Iran to prove it was not pursuing a nuclear arms drive after his first face-to-face meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

At a press conference with Mr Netanyahu, whose aim during a two-day visit to France is to seek more pressure on Iran, Mr Hollande warned that Paris would back "other sanctions" if Teheran failed to convince on its contested nuclear programme.

"This is a threat which cannot be accepted by France," Mr Hollande said.

"We have voted for many sanctions and are ready to vote others as long as necessary," he said, demanding "proof that Iran has abandoned this drive".