While the Italian authorities covered up naked ancient statues when the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani came to visit, French president François Hollande refused to put away the French wine when Rouhani arrived in Paris.
Ahead of Hassan Rouhanis official visit to France, already the menu had created diplomatic headache.
Rouhani will namely not be present at events where alcohol is served.
- Alcohol free dinner is not an option
According to the French TV channel RTL, he asked that alcohol should be dropped at the planned dinner with François Hollande, for religious reasons.
However, there goes the limit in France. The wish to cut out the French red wine from the menu, was firmly rejected.
According to RTL, staff at the Élysée Palace pointed to France's republican traditions associated with dinners at the presidential palace.
- A dinner was planned, but the plans fell, said a source to the channel, who also believes the two heads of state missed a good opportunity for useful conversations.
In an effort to find a compromise when the official dinner seemed impossible to implement, it was from French side suggested upon breakfast instead.
However, it was rejected as "too cheap" by Iran, writes the newspaper The Local.
Thus, the two presidents had to meet after dinner.
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