France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions

France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions

France has condemned as "unacceptable" a US move to re-impose sanctions on companies trading with Iran.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said European companies should not have to pay for the US decision, BBC reports.

In an interview with Le Parisien, Mr Le Drian said: "We feel that the extraterritoriality of their sanction measures are unacceptable. The Europeans should not have to pay for the withdrawal from an agreement by the United States, to which they had themselves contributed."

He said the new sanctions regime would also affect the US and that Europeans would "put in place the necessary measures to protect the interests of our companies and start negotiations with Washington" on the matter.

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