(MENAFN) According to the Sector, Mine, and Trade Ministry, Iran has banned the import of French vehicles owing to their "unprofessional behavior" and would not allow them to exert pressure on the country's automotive industry and market through sanctions.
"Given the unprofessional behavior of the French in the past years, we will no longer allow registering orders and importing Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, and other French car manufacturers' products," the ministry's representative Omid Qalibaf stated on Friday.
He stated that no authorization for the import of automobiles from France has lately been obtained, highlighting that the focus of Iran's automobile sector is currently solely on non-French products, particularly from Japan, China, and some European nations.
The decision comes as tensions between Tehran and Paris have risen in recent months, following widespread protests in Iran over the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, in mid-September.
Using the protests as cover, rioters and thugs — many of whom were later discovered to have ties to foreign parties — went on a rampage, carrying out savage attacks on security officers, vandalism, desecration of sanctuaries, and false-flag killings of civilians in order to incriminate Iranian police.
France has been a vocal opponent of what it calls the "crackdown on protesters," with the European Union implementing a raft of penalties on Iranian leaders and organizations.
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