Iran's President Refuses To Eat With French Over Wine
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani refused a state dinner with French Prime Minister Francois Hollande because there was wine on the menu.By Grant Suneson | November 11, 2015
A French Bordeaux. It pairs well with red meat or stew, but pairs poorly with visiting Iranian diplomats. France’s government found that out the hard way when they planned a formal dinner for Prime Minister Francois Hollande and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
French radio station RTL reported that the Iranian delegation demanded a meal with no alcohol and halal meat, which is an Islamic custom that has to do with the way an animal is slaughtered before consumption.
The French balked at the idea of a dinner without wine, suggesting they do breakfast instead. But the Middle Eastern country’s leadership said that menu looked too cheap, so they settled for a conversation with no food whatsoever.