France will unilaterally stop importing oil from Iran as part of an effort to isolate Tehran because of its nuclear program.
“The interruption of Iranian oil purchases is among the measures proposed by France to its partners. We will apply this at a national level,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said on Thursday [Reuters, 24 November].
It was unclear whether France would act immediately or wait for a common EU position.
Last year, Iran supplied 3 percent of French oil imports, or 1.8 million tons, according to data from French petroleum industry body UFIP. This year, France is importing a modest 55,000 barrels per day of Iranian crude, Reuters reported.