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A formal lunch between the French president and his Iranian counterpart during next week's historic meeting has had to be scrapped after the Elysée Palace reportedly refused Iran's request to serve up halal meat and no wine.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will pay a historic visit to France next week after being invited by François Hollande earlier this year.

But the run-up to the visit has been slightly marred by an apparent disagreement over the menu for a lunch that the two heads of state were supposed to share, French news site RTL reports.


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