No word yet on what the punishments are actually going to be, but based on Iranian legal precedents it’s not looking good.The system is so religiously conservative that, if accused of multiple extramarital affairs, a person can be stoned to death.
It is bordered by Iraq to the west, Turkey, Azerbaijan's Naxcivan enclave, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to the northwest, Turkmenistan to the northeast, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the southeast.
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.
A spokeswoman for the Elysée Palace declined immediate comment on the wine and halal spat.
The French, RTL said, counter offered with a presumably alcohol-free breakfast — which the Iranians promptly rejected because it appeared too “cheap.” The two leaders will now reportedly settle for a face-to-face chat next Tuesday.
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.
In a world of mass communication, it sort of goes without saying that we'll end up spending a lot of the day chatting to men.