French officials reportedly canceled a formal dinner between French President Francois Hollande and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after clashing over the menu. Rouhani, whose visit to Europe this week marks the first in a decade for an Iranian president , insisted on a wine-free meal, but the wine-loving French wouldn’t have it. Compromising, the French offered an alcohol-free breakfast instead, but the Iranians hastily rejected the proposal, deeming it too “cheap” an offer.
The two countries have disagreed before, specifically during negotiations on the Iran deal (a topic noted on their meeting agenda), but it seems this particular scuffle has really put the political pair in quite the awkward diplomatic pickle.
So in light of the impasse, the leaders are meeting face-to-face next Tuesday sans wine and food — clearly a cultural faux pas for the French.
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