[Reportage] The end of the Iranian Eldorado for foreign companies

Iran has feted. this Monday the 40th anniversary of its Renewal in an economic context increasingly difficult since the withdrawal of the American nuclear agreement. The United States of Donald Trump ...


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The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has suspended its activities in Iran in recent months. PASCAL PAVANI / AFP

Iran celebrated on Monday the 40th anniversary of its Revolution in an increasingly difficult economic environment since the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. The United States of Donald Trump have indeed reinstated their sanctions against Iran. Sanctions that have the particularity of threatening any company - even non-American - that would trade with Tehran. As a result, foreign companies leave Iran, which looks less and less like the Eldorado they dreamed of.

With our special envoy to Tehran, Nicolas Falez

Total, Peugeot, Airbus and dozens of other foreign companies have suspended their activities in Iran in recent months. Hard-hit also were the consulting firms and law firms that dreamed of accompanying the country's economic opening.

Ariabod Dehnad is French-Iranian, he returned to settle in Tehran after the 2015 nuclear agreement: " We came to Iran with a lot of hope and the blow of the club was the American withdrawal from the agreement , a few months ago and since the departure of all our customers without exception of the country. Unfortunately we will soon be forced to put the key under the door. "

Conversely, the Paris law firm Cohen-Amir Aslani decided to maintain its office in Tehran by focusing on areas spared by US sanctions as explained by the director of the office Rebecca Guyot.

" We have everything that is pharmacy, medical tools and also all that is the agri-food industry, finally, which is expressly authorized, so many companies, SMEs, Europeans, who still wish to trade with Iran, " says -she.

The European Union is currently working on the establishment of Instex , a barter system that is supposed to protect certain transactions from American thunderbolts.

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REF: http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190211-reportage-fin-eldorado-iranien-entreprises-etrangeres