While the Iran rolled out the red carpet for the "private" visit of Michel Rocard, Jean-Francois Cope, Secretary General of the UMP , was "astonished", Sunday, May 13, the "moving at least inappropriate "the former prime minister to Tehran.
The previous day, the entourage of Francois Hollande had said that Mr. Rocard was "the bearer of any message or invested in any mission." "If Michel Rocard, former prime minister and socialist moral figure of the PS, does not consider it necessary to inform Francois Hollande a displacement sensitive, there is something to be worried about the future, "said Jean-Francois Cope in a statement , which "asks Francois Hollande to leave for his silence and explain what the French policy he intends to conduct vis-à-vis the Iran . "
MEETINGS WITH SEVERAL SENIOR IRANIAN
Saturday, May 12 received by the foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi , then a deputy minister, Michel Rocard was to meet Sunday the Iranian negotiator for the folder Nuclear Jalili - also secretary of Supreme National Security Council and close to the Guide of the Islamic Republic, - and the influential chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Alaeddin Boroujerdi .
An agenda reserved for few visitors and out of proportion to the status of Mr. Rocard, 81, arrived Friday in Iran for a private tour of three days at the invitation of the authorities to give such a lecture at the University of Tehran .
But this visit - scheduled for April then delayed due to his health problems - came one day after the election of socialist Francois Hollande to the French Presidency, and Tehran has used the opportunity to make an opening leaning towards the new to French.
A CRUCIAL MEETING ON MAY 23 IN BAGHDAD
In his meeting with Mr. Rocard, Salehi "welcomed the victory of Francois Hollande" and hoped it would lead to "a new approach for developing relations between Tehran and Paris in all areas," reported the official IRNA news agency.
Upon the election of Mr. Holland, Tehran had publicly wished she opens "a new era" in relations between France and Iran, undermined by the hardline incumbent President in the Iranian nuclear issue. The France was notably advanced in the past two years to impose harsh international economic sanctions against Iran, suspected by the West, despite its denials, of seeking to develop atomic weapons under cover of its civilian nuclear program.
A crucial meeting will be held May 23 in Baghdad with major powers, including France, to try to find a negotiated solution to the crisis.