Macron Says France “Inflexible” Over Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during their meeting in Jerusalem January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

JERUSALEM, Jan 22 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that France will be inflexible about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and that his country is determined Tehran will never acquire nuclear weapons.

“In the current context, France is determined that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon, but also that we avoid all military escalation in the region,” Macron said.

Macron made the comments in Jerusalem after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjmain Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin ahead of commemorations marking 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz.

(Reporting by John Irish, Writing by Rami Ayyub)