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Paris (CNSNews.com) – French President Emmanuel Macron is drawing praise at home for his efforts to facilitate Iran-U.S. talks, but few here are questioning the appropriateness of his dealings with a regime accused of plotting terrorism on French soil.
Macron met in Paris on Friday with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and then a second time on Sunday on the fringes of the G7 summit in Biarritz, after which Macron announced the possibility of a summit between President Trump and President Hassan Rouhani.
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The regime has since placed hurdles in the path of Macron’s initiative, but French media are nonetheless hailing it as a diplomatic coup.
Just 11 months ago, Macron’s government froze the assets of two Iranian diplomats and those of Iran’s ministry of intelligence (MOIS) internal security division, in response to a foiled plot to bomb a meeting of Iranian dissidents in a suburb of Paris in June 2018.
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As it did so, the government said the “extremely grave attack” planned against the annual gathering of the exiled Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)/Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) “cannot go unanswered,” and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the foiled plot “confirms the need for a tough approach in our relations with Iran.”
On Sunday, Le Drian was one of Macron’s ministers who met with Zarif in Biarritz.
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The “Free Iran” event targeted by the alleged plotters was attended not only by NCRI/MEK members and supporters, but also some high profile French and foreign guests, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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