Paris Rolls Out Red Carpet for Leaders of Iran and Cuba

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Now that the Obama Administration has stamped the "full faith and credit" of the United States on the regimes of Iran and Cuba -- both are off on a European shopping spree.

Within a week, both dictators will be received with open arms by French President Francois Hollande.

Yet, the Obama Administration had told us that its new policy would encourage our allies to be more critical of these brutal regimes and their anti-democratic practices.

Wrong again.

"It's all business" -- as regime apologists like to say.

From BBC:

Rouhani due in Paris as Iran drums up business with French

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will arrive in France on Wednesday for the second leg of his state visit to Europe, after three days in Italy.

Mr Rouhani is expected to secure valuable trade deals following the lifting of international sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme.

Among them is a likely agreement with French aircraft manufacturer Airbus for more than 100 new aircraft.

From Reuters:

Cuba's Raul Castro to visit France on Feb. 1

Cuban President Raul Castro next month will make the first visit to France by a Cuban head of state since his brother in 1995 as he tries to carve out a larger role for the Communist-run nation since improving ties with the United States.

French President Francois Hollande in May became the first Western president to visit Cuba in more than 50 years and has been positioning his country to capitalize on the thaw in relations.

France was Cuba's main creditor and last month as part of a deal between Cuba and the 15 rich creditor nations of the Paris Club it agreed to annul $4 billion in debt.