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BA, Air France to Stop Flights to Iran

By John Lee. British Airways (BA) and Air France have both announced that they will stop flying to Iran in September, saying that the routes are “not commercially viable.” According to a BBC report, the reintroduction of US sanctions has caused a slump in the value of the Iranian rial, making it harder for Iranians […]

German Rail, Telecom Operators End Iran Projects

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom are ending projects in Iran after Washington imposed new sanctions against Tehran and said firms doing business with Iran would be barred from doing business with the United States. New US sanctions against Iran took effect last week and several European companies have suspended plans to invest […]

Total Pulls Out of Iran Gas Deal: Zanganeh

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh said France’s energy major Total had official pulled out of the development project of phase 11 of the supergiant South Pars Gas Field. According to ICANA, Iranian parliament’s official news website, Mr. Zanganeh said that the French company had announced its plans to withdrawn from the project two months […]

Video: Why one French Company won’t Leave Iran

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The US sanctions on Iran are forcing many European companies to rethink their investment plans. But some small businesses are choosing to deal with Iranians, rather than Americans. Al Jazeera‘s David Chater went […]

Renault Likely to Leave Iran Because of US Sanctions

Renault SA is shaping up to be the latest European company to fall victim to US President Donald Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran, as the automaker has raised the possibility of pulling out of Iran for fear of US sanctions. Iran operations are likely to be put on hold to comply with US sanctions, Renault […]

Iran Joins Club of Gas Odorant Producers

Iran has joined France and Russia as the third producer of gas odorant, mercaptan, an official said. Mercaptan is used in the natural gas industry as an odorant, due to its ideal compatibility with methane. Its characteristic “rotten eggs” smell is widely known by natural gas customers as an indicator of a possible gas leak, […]

MAPNA Ready to Replace Total in South Pars

Iranian holding company MAPNA Group voiced readiness to take over a project on development of the country’s South Pars gas field as French company Total has backed out of its contract with Iran for fear of the US sanctions. In an interview with Tasnim, CEO of MAPNA Abbas Aliabadi said his holding is prepared to […]

French Shipping Group to Pull Out of Iran

By John Lee. French-based shipping group CMA CGM has announced that it is ceasing its Iranian operations, following the threat from the US to blacklist companies doing business with Iran. CMA CGM Chief Executive Rodolphe Saade is quoted as telling a press conference: “Due to the Trump administration, we have decided to end our service […]

E3 Agrees to Replace Dollar in Iran Trade: Lavrov

Russia says the three European parties to the Iran nuclear deal have agreed to continue trade ties with Tehran without the US dollar. The European parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action –Britain, France and Germany- have agreed to maintain trade with Iran independent of the US dollar, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. […]

Renault to Remain in Iran despite US Sanctions

French carmaker Renault will maintain its presence in Iran despite the threat of renewed US sanctions, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. “We will not abandon it, even if we have to downsize very strongly,” Ghosn said at the annual shareholders’ meeting in Paris on Friday, AFP reported. “When the market reopens, the fact of having stayed […]

Most French Firms ‘Unable to Stay’ in Iran

Most French Firms ‘Unable to Stay’ in Iran due to US Sanctions: Minister French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that after the US imposes new sanctions on Iran most French companies would be unable to continue business in Iran because of problems over payment, also saying that the US cannot be the “planet’s economic […]

Peugeot-Citroën to Pull Out of Iran

French car maker PSA Group has said it will pull out of two joint in Iran following Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. In a statement, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars said: “After signature of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14th, 2015 and the lifting of international sanctions […]

Total to Unwind Iran Operations if no Waiver

On 4 July 2017, Total, together with the other partner Petrochina, executed the contract related to the South Pars 11 (SP11) project, in full compliance with UN resolutions and US, EU and French legislation applicable at the time. SP11 is a gas development project dedicated to the supply of domestic gas to the domestic Iranian […]

Air France reduces Iran Flights

By John Lee. Air France is reported to be cutting its Joon service between Paris and Tehran to the summer season only. According to a report from Reuters, the company blames weak demand since it began operations two years ago. It’s Joon subsidiary was launched in December 2017 and is aimed at young people. (Source: […]

Video: Will US withdraw from Nuclear Deal?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. France and the United States have a long history that goes back centuries. From the American revolutionary war to the Statue of Liberty – the two countries have had strong cultural and political […]

Total Finalizes Tenders for SP11 Development

France’s energy giant Total has carried out tendering for subcontracts and other preparatory work at its South Pars Phase 11 project in Iran, the CEO of Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) said. Speaking to Shana, Mohammad Meshkinfam announced that the value of the tenders held by the French major surmounts €700 million. “Most of […]

Total to Seek Waiver If US Reimposes Sanctions on Iran

Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said on Sunday that the French oil and gas company would seek a waiver to continue the development of an Iranian gas field should the United States decide to re-impose sanctions. Speaking in an interview with The National newspaper while on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Pouyanne said Total’s […]

Questions as Iranians claim US Licensing Plane Sales to Iran

By Saeed Jalili for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Questions abound as Iranians claim US Treasury licensing plane sales to Iran Questions have emerged about whether the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued new licenses to Canadian plane manufacturer […]

Free Trade Zones to Attract $4.5bn in FDI

The secretary of the Supreme Council of Iran’s Free Trade, Industrial and Special Economic Zones said the country has signed new contracts with foreign companies, attracting $4.5 billion worth of investment in free trade zones. “Investors from Turkey, China, Italy, France and South Korea have invested in (Iran’s) free zones…,” Morteza Bank said on Saturday. […]

300 Peugeot Pars on their way to Iraq

By John Lee. By the end of this year IKCO will strengthen its presence in Iraq, dispatching 300 Peugeot Pars passenger cars, equipped with automatic gearboxes. “Iraqi market is one of the foremost export markets for IKCO,” said Hassan Golchubian, IKCO Export Director of the Middle East and Africa, adding that as other markets, Iraq […]