PARIS Nov 24 France will stop importing
Iranian oil at a national level as part of a proposal it made to
its allies to consider ending purchases from the world's fifth
largest producer, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Asked by Reuters whether the French government would force
French oil major Total to stop its crude shipping
business with Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero
said in a written answer, posted on the ministry's website:
"The interruption of Iranian oil purchases is among the
measures proposed by France to its partners. We will apply this
at a national level."
France turned to Iranian oil in the first half of the year
to make up for disruption during the Libyan war. Last year, Iran
supplied 2.8 percent of French oil imports, or 1.8 million
In the seven months to July this year, it supplied 1.6
million tonnes or about 55,000 barrels per day.
(Reporting By John Irish and Marie Maitre; Editing by Anthony