Iran has banned the import of French cars, a government spokesman announced to stop French pressure on Iran’s automobile industry
Tehran, Nov 18: Iran has banned the import of French cars, a government spokesman announced. Omid Qalibaf, spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, said on Thursday his ministry has banned the import of French cars because of “the unprofessional behavior of the French in the past years,” the Asbe-Bokhar news website reported.
The ministry has not issued any license for importing French cars over the past months, Qalibaf was quoted as saying. “Iran will not allow them (French) to put pressure on Iran’s automobile industry and market with sanctions,” he said.
French cars are extremely popular in the European market – based on a survey about 25% of vehicles driven in Europe are made in France. Although several major car companies have set up manufacturing facilities in France, the traditional French car brands par excellence remain, Peugeot, Citroen, and Renault.
The traditional French car brands par excellence remain Peugeot, Citroen, and Renault. Additional brands worthy of mention include Venturi, an exotic automobile manufacturer located in Monaco, and Bugatti.
The worldwide number of cars exported by French manufacturers ran in thousands, from 1997 to 2018. In 2018, French car groups exported roughly 5.7 million passenger cars.
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