France calls on its nationals to leave the country

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Due to the risk of arrests and detention, France calls on its nationals passing through Iran to leave the country as soon as possible, namely Friday the Quai d’Orsay.

Paris encourages its nationals passing through Iran to leave the country as soon as possible, French diplomacy said on Friday, October 7.

“Any French visitor, including binational, is exposed to a high risk of arrest, individual and unfair judgment”, indicates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website. “This risk also applies to people making a simple tourist visit.”

“In the event of arrest or detention, respect for fundamental rights and personal safety are not guaranteed,” the ministry added.

The Quai d’Orsay specifies that the French embassy in Tehran has a “very constrained” capacity to ensure the consular protection of nationals or arrested in the country.

“In addition, a consular presence at the hearings during a possible trial is not guaranteed and the solicited lawyers can be subjected to strong constraints”, adds the ministry.

Two French “arbitrarily detained”

The day after the broadcast of a video of “confessions” of two French nationals arrested last May and “arbitrarily detained” in Iran, France once again demanded their release on Friday.

“Iran released today what is billed as the ‘full-length report’ on the so-called ‘confession’ of our compatriots, Cécile Kohler and Mr. Jacques Paris”, declared the spokesperson for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “This revolting video depicts false confessions, extorted under duress”.

Their families warned on Friday of “inhuman conditions of detention (…) for fallacious reasons”, with “unimaginable psychological pressure”.

To see: Iran: French constraints to make forced confessions?

“We are devastated, exhausted and terrified”, write in a statement sent to AFP the families of Jacques Paris and Cécile Kohler, claiming to be “without any news” from their loved ones, fearing that they will be “kept in isolation with the only human contact being that of their jailers and interrogators”.

The couple are “deprived of lawyers and are repeatedly denied consular access,” the statement also said.

The two Frenchmen were arrested last May at a time when Iran was the scene of demonstrations by teachers demanding reforms for an increase in their salaries and calling for the release of colleagues arrested during previous demonstrations.

With Reuters and AFP


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