Rouhani ready to 'turn the page' in Iran-France relations

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inspecting the honour guards.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inspecting the honour guards.PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Thursday (Jan 28) for a new relationship with France as he met business leaders on a trip to Paris to revive economic ties after sanctions on his country were lifted.

"We are ready to turn the page" and establish a "new relationship between our countries", Mr Rouhani said at a meeting organised by the Medef employers' association.

"Let us forget the resentment," he said, calling for all sides to take advantage of the "positive atmosphere" after the removal of the sanctions.

A raft of commercial deals are expected to be signed during Mr Rouhani's visit.

French carmaker Peugeot announced its official return to Iran with a deal to produce 200,000 cars a year, and Mr Rouhani is expected to announce Teheran's intention to buy more than 100 passenger planes from European aircraft maker Airbus.