France urges nationals to leave Iran amid crackdown on protesters – POLITICO

France has urged its citizens to leave Iran “as soon as possible” for fear of being arbitrarily detained as part of Tehran’s crackdown on protesters that has left dozens dead.

The warning, published on the French Foreign Ministry’s website on Friday, said French-Iranian nationals and tourists are also at risk, amid weeks of unrest in Iran.

“Any French visitor, including dual nationals, is at high risk of arrest, arbitrary detention and unfair trial,” said updated travel advice on the ministry’s website.

Protests have swept Iran since mid-September following the death of a woman detained for allegedly flouting strict laws that require women to cover their hair with a hijab.

Rights groups say authorities have killed more than 100 people amid ongoing protests around the country.

On Thursday, the European Parliament backed a resolution condemning the September 13 death of Mahsa Amini, whose family say she died as a result of police brutality.

MEPs called on the Iranian authorities to immediately release those unjustly detained for exercising their rights and also urged the UN Human Rights Council to open an investigation.


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