With everyone bowing and scraping to the newly legitimized Iranian regime, and with the Vatican covering up slightly immodest art work out of respect the delicate sensibilities of the Iranian prime minister, it’s good to see one nation stand tall for civilized values.
That nation would be: France!
France’s president refused to submit to Iranian cultural imperatives. Faced with a choice between wine or Islam and France chose wine. Lunch between the presidents of France and Iran was cancelled... over wine.
A lunch between the French and Iranian presidents in Paris was scrapped today because France refused to remove wine from the menu.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has been on a tour of Europe, signing billions of pounds worth of business deals with different nations, after economic sanctions against the country were lifted.
He was due to dine with President Francois Hollande at an upmarket restaurant in the French capital.
The French insisted on serving local food and wine but the Iranians demanded a halal menu in keeping with their Muslim faith.
Hollande's officials said preparing the meal to be 'Iran friendly' went against France's republican values.
The Elysee Palace suggested a breakfast with Rouhani instead, but this was said to be snubbed by the Iranian leader for being 'too cheap'.
A diplomatic source told the RTL radio station: 'The leaders have missed out on a great opportunity to meet in the relaxed environment of a meal.'
In contrast, the Italians made sure the Iranian visit went smoothly by keeping alcohol off the menu for state dinners and covering up its nude statues.
A wooden box was placed around several pieces, including a Venus dating back to the Second Century BC, at Rome's Capitoline Museum, before the Italian and Iranian premiers spoke there.