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French Cows Live to See Another Day Under Trump's Iran Sanctions

  • Cattle were destined for export to Tehran slaughterhouses
  • Project was frozen after U.S. imposed new trade restrictions
Aubrac beef cattle on a farm in Saint Santin, France.

Aubrac beef cattle on a farm in Saint Santin, France.

Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Thousands of cows are stranded in the French countryside after President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions against Iran.

The livestock now grazing in Normandy were supposed to be shipped to Tehran slaughterhouses starting in the next few months as part of an export project led by local farmers and an Iranian company. Instead, the plan was put on hold after banks declined to handle payment from Iran for the cattle.