French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna told the newspaper “Le Parisien” on Saturday that two other French citizens were arrested. in Iran, bringing the total number of French detainees in Iranian prisons to seven.
“We had concerns about two other citizens, and the latest checks show that they too are being held,” Colonna said.
“It is more important than ever to remind Iran of its international obligations. If its target is blackmail, it will not succeed. It is the wrong way to deal with France,” he added.
“We demand their immediate release and access to consular protection. My Iranian counterpart, with whom I had a long and difficult conversation, has pledged to respect this right of access. I expect this to be achieved.”
Among the seven prisoners are Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, detained since June 2019 and sentenced to five years in prison for violating national security, Benjamin Brier, arrested in May 2020 and sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison for espionage , and trade unionists Cecil Kohler and Jacques Barry, arrested last May.
Iran is angry with Macron
The Iranian News Agency (IRNA) reported today Sunday that Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani has condemned the meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron with a number of personalities, whom he called “anti-Iranian” on the sidelines of the Forum of pace Paris.
Kanaani stressed that these “anti-Iranian behaviors will remain etched in the memory of the Iranian people”.
Kanaani said: “It is surprising that the president of a country that renders freedom into words has lowered his level to the point of meeting a pariah figure who has become a puppet of others and, in recent months, has tried to spread hatred. and incitement to acts of violence and terrorist acts inside Iran and against Iranian diplomats and diplomatic offices abroad. ”.
According to the mediaMacron met with Iranian activists in Paris, including the daughter of one of the victims of the recent protests.