News ID: 271515
Published: 0255 GMT July 14, 2020

Iran eyes closer economic, political ties with France

Iran eyes closer economic, political ties with France

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in a message on Tuesday congratulated France’s government and nation on the European country’s national day and called for efforts to exploit the potentials for closer ties.

In his message to the French President Emmanuel Macron, President Rouhani expressed hope that relations between Iran and France would grow in light of mutual understanding and joint efforts, according the president’s official website.

Rouhani also called for the employment of the existing political and economic capacities to deepen friendship and promote welfare for the people of the two countries.

France’s National Day, Bastille Day, is the national holiday which marks the storming of the Bastille in the 1700s and the beginning of republican democracy and the end of tyrannical rule.

France celebrates the National Day on July 14.

In the 18th century, France was in deep economic and political crisis and people were unhappy with King Louis XVI's reign, which was dominated with food shortages and high taxes.

The Bastille was a medieval fortress and prison, which held many political dissidents, and had become a symbol of oppression and injustice in Paris.





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