A spokeswoman for the Elysée Palace declined immediate comment on the wine and halal spat.
Ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s landmark European trip kicking off this weekend, French officials reportedly nixed plans for a formal meal in Paris with President François Hollande following a dispute over the menu.The food fracas comes as Rouhani is staging his first official trip to Europe as president, one meant to herald Iran’s economic coming out after a long period of international sanctions.Rouhani will meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis and Italian companies in Rome on Saturday before moving on to France, where he is set to deliver a speech at the Unesco, and meet with French officials and companies.[...] Mahmoud Tadjallimehr, a former telecommunications project manager in Iran who has worked for major European and Chinese equipment makers, said the ZTE system supplied to TCI was "country-wide" and was "far more capable of monitoring citizens than I have ever seen in other equipment" sold by other companies to Iran. companies denied knowledge of the ZTE-ICI deal and at least four declared that they would conduct internal investigations into the matter. federal court under the Alien Tort Statute, alleged that the Finnish-German company knowingly provided the Islamic Republic with surveillance technology that it employed against Saharkhiz and a host of other dissidents. In related news, the describes a recent official accounting of the Islamic Republic's "cybersoldier" contingent that indicates it is much more expansive than previously revealed.He said its capabilities included being able "to locate users, intercept their voice, text messaging...emails, chat conversations or web access." The ZTE-TCI documents also disclose a backdoor way Iran apparently obtains U. technology despite a longtime American ban on non-humanitarian sales to Iran[....] ZTE's 907-page "Packing List," dated July 24, 2011, includes hardware and software products from some of America's best-known tech companies, including Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co, Oracle Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, Dell Inc, Juniper Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. The report is a reminder of the lawsuit filed in August 2010 by Mehdi Saharkhiz on behalf of his father, the incarcerated Iranian journalist Isa Saharkhiz, against the giant telecommunications firm Nokia Siemens. This development follows the announcement earlier this month that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the establishment of a new Supreme Council of Cyberspace, charged with, among other things, "gaining complete knowledge about the activities in cyberspace on a domestic and international scale." The recruited and trained 120,000 cultural soldiers in the past three years to combat "a soft cyberwar" against Iran.We spend time at each site we visit to determine if it should be included in the directory. We receive hundreds of suggestions every week, and we appreciate your patience as we try to get to every one of them.