How did it feel when you saw a dictator up-close?

[In this footage, a French reporter is asking French businessmen why they are doing business with a religious dictator in Iran.]


–This is a new season for Peugeot-Citroen group. Implementing new systems.

Reporter: Hello, sir


Reporter: Are there new opportunities for Renault in Iran?

–It is not a new opportunity; we have been in Iran since 2003. Lifting sanctions is a good opportunity to manufacture much more vehicles in future.

Reporter: Don’t you think someone like you who is in business should consider that human rights are not observed in Iran?

–I really pay attention to it every morning, every night at the time of going to bed, and during weekends when I am not working.

Reporter: But not in Iran. Because human rights are not observed there, as it is a religious dictatorship.

–I am sorry. I should go.

Reporter: Do you agree that it is a religious dictatorship?

–I agree that I should listen to the talks here.

Reporter: Where are you from?

–New French Institute of oil and energy. We just signed a contract. Here is the boss. You can ask him.

Reporter: Hello.


Reporter: Are there new opportunities in Iran?

–Reopening of the market in Iran can be very important for our group.

Reporter: And how do you feel when you see a dictator up-close for the first time? Because there is a religious dictatorship ruling in Iran.

–Why did you ask me to do this interview?

Reporter: Behind the cameras is Carlos Tavares, head of Renault-Citroen, who has signed a contract with the Iranian regime.

Reporter: Was it the first time that you saw a dictator up-close?

–I am not going to answer your question.

Reporter: Why?

–If we had just worked with big democracies, then we would have all lost our jobs.

Reporter: So is this a part of your business with religious dictators?

–There are 195 countries in the world. How many democracies do you know?

Reporter: So is this a part of the game?