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France to double visas for Iranian visitors

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaks during a joint press conference with his German counterpart in Paris on January 28, 2017. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who was appointed foreign minister on January 27, is on his first trip as foreign minister. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaks during a joint press conference with his German counterpart in Paris on January 28, 2017. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who was appointed foreign minister on January 27, is on his first trip as foreign minister.<br />GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

France plans to double the number of visas it issues to Iranians, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday in Tehran, at a time when US travel curbs have angered Iran.

“France wants to be able to allow a larger number of Iranians wishing to travel to France to ask for a visa in improved conditions,” the French minister said at the start of a visit to the Islamic republic.

“This project, which aims to double the number of visas currently issued for Iran, should take effect in the summer of 2017,” he said at the French ambassador’s residence in Tehran.

France has been issuing 41,000 visas a year to Iranian nationals.

Iran’s foreign ministry said on Saturday it will ban Americans from entering the country in response to President Donald Trump’s “insulting” order restricting arrivals from Iran and six other mostly Muslim countries.

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7 Comments
  • godwin

    France is joking with fire. Iranian terrorists will take over the country and start Sharia law there.
    France thinks President Donald Trump of the US does not know what he is doing. Look at what Islamic government of Nigeria is doing already. Every crime committed by a moslem in furtherance of the cause of Islam can never be prosecuted. Every person(s) killed by a moslem has gone scotfree. No arrest, not to talk of prosecution.
    America is right!

    • Dan

      A French-Canadian university student was the sole suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque and was charged with the premeditated murder of six people, Canadian authorities said on Monday, in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “a terrorist attack.”

    • Amin

      There are more than 1 million Iranian in America that most of them are doctor, engineer and professor. America will lose with damn law. you are a illiterate stupid…

      • godwin

        I am very sure many reasonable immigrants from sane countries would quickly take their place. And America will have PEACE.

        • Amin

          We all know Saudi Arabia support most of terrorists in the world, for example in September 11 event 15 attackers were from Saudi, but why isn’t it blocked by Trump!!!
          Most of Iranian people want to escape from Dictatorship regime in Iran, and they want to live in peace and Welfare but policy is very dirty.
          We are not terrorist brother, our people have served the united states of America more than 35 years.
          (sorry for my previous comment, i got angry cause i can’t bear insult to the peaceable people of Iran)
          Good luck brother

          • godwin

            Your apology is warmly accepted. Let’s practice, “love your neighbor as yourself “. That is all it takes to leave in peace with one another.

          • Amin

            it’s reality brother. money changes everything…

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