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France expects partial lifting of Iran sanctions in December

  • In this photo released by the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, Iranians hold posters of President Hassan Rouhani as they welcome Iranian nuclear negotiators upon their arrival from Geneva at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of cheering supporters greeted Iran's nuclear negotiators as they arrived back to Tehran late Sunday night. Tehran agreed Sunday to a six-month pause of its nuclear program while diplomats continue talks. International observers are set to monitor Iran's nuclear sites as the West eases about $7 billion of the economic sanctions crippling the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/ISNA,Hemmat Khahi)

    In this photo released by the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, Iranians hold posters of President Hassan Rouhani as they welcome Iranian nuclear negotiators upon their arrival from Geneva at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of cheering supporters greeted Iran's nuclear negotiators as they arrived back to Tehran late Sunday night. Tehran agreed Sunday to a six-month pause of its nuclear program while diplomats continue talks. International observers are set to monitor Iran's nuclear sites as the West eases about $7 billion of the economic sanctions crippling the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/ISNA,Hemmat Khahi)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing after Iran and world powers agree in Geneva to a deal over Iran's nuclear program, at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Iran struck a deal with the U.S. and five other world powers, agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades. The deal commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)

    In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing after Iran and world powers agree in Geneva to a deal over Iran's nuclear program, at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Iran struck a deal with the U.S. and five other world powers, agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades. The deal commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture released by Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, members of Iran's paramilitary Basij force, which is controlled by the Revolutionary Guard, attend a maneuver of preparation for possible attack on Iran's nuclear sites, by the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. (AP Photo/Tasnim, Hosein Heydarpour)

    In this picture released by Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, members of Iran's paramilitary Basij force, which is controlled by the Revolutionary Guard, attend a maneuver of preparation for possible attack on Iran's nuclear sites, by the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. (AP Photo/Tasnim, Hosein Heydarpour)  (The Associated Press)

France's foreign minister says sanctions against Iran could be partially lifted as soon as December, with a Europe-wide decision in coming weeks.

Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio Monday that to start lifting the sanctions "a Europe-wide decision is necessary. That's expected in several weeks, for a partial lifting that is targeted, reversible."

Fabius participated in weekend talks between Iranian officials and world powers that ended with an agreement allowing Iran to keep the central elements of its uranium program while stopping its enrichment at a level lower than what is needed for nuclear arms. In addition to a six-month window for Iran to allow more U.N. access to nuclear sites, the sanctions that have devastated the country's economy will be eased, though not ended.