France says two extra French nationals are being held in Iran, bringing the whole quantity to seven

French Overseas Minister Catherine Colonna introduced Saturday that two extra French nationals had been arrested in Iran, bringing the variety of detainees from France within the protest-torn nation to seven.

“We’re fearful about two different residents and the most recent checks present that also they are detained,” she advised Le Parisien day by day newspaper.

Colonna stated final month that 5 had been being held in Iran.

“It’s extra vital than ever to remind Iran of its worldwide obligations. If its purpose is blackmail, it won’t succeed,” she stated.

“We demand their rapid launch and consular safety.

“My Iranian counterpart, with whom I had a protracted, troublesome dialog, has dedicated to honoring this proper of entry. I count on it to come back true.”

It was not instantly clear who the brand new detainees had been.

Amongst these arrested is Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, who was arrested in June 2019 and later sentenced to 5 years in jail for undermining nationwide safety, allegations her household has strongly denied.

One other, Benjamin Brier, was arrested in Could 2020 and later sentenced to eight years and eight months in jail for espionage, prices he rejects.

French lecturers’ union official Cecile Koehler and her accomplice, Jacques Paris, had been additionally detained in Could this yr, accused of in search of to foment labor unrest throughout lecturers’ strikes.

France stated there was additionally “a Frenchman who was passing by” Tehran.

Final month, the French authorities suggested its nationals visiting Iran to “go away the nation as quickly as attainable.”

Protests have rocked Iran because the loss of life of a younger Kurdish lady, Mohsa Amini, in police custody in September, following her arrest for an alleged violation of Iran’s hijab-wearing guidelines.


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