Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, shake hands for journalists at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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France's foreign minister arrived in Tehran Monday for meetings with the country's president and his Iranian counterpart, Iran's state TV reported, with talks likely to focus on Syria's yearslong war and French criticism of Iran's ballistic missile program.While French leaders, including President Emmanuel Macron, have criticized Iran's missile program, French companies like oil giant Total SA have bullishly entered the Iranian market after the atomic accord, complicating any possible sanctions.Le Drian faced immediate pushback over French concerns about Iran's ballistic missiles, starting with Iranian students waving signs at Iran's Mehrabad International Airport protesting his comments.Le Drian had been scheduled to visit Tehran earlier but postponed his trip after protests across Iran in late December and early January that saw at least 21 people killed.
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