France: Regime condemns arrest of two citizens in Iran

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“France’s foreign ministry has confirmed two of its citizens are being detained in Iran and demanded their release. ‘The French government condemns these baseless arrests,’ a statement said. It did not identify the pair, but the head of a French education union said an employee and her husband had gone missing while on holiday in Iran. On Wednesday, the Iranian intelligence ministry said two Europeans had been arrested for planning to cause ‘chaos, social disorder and instability.’ The ministry said they shared the same nationality and alleged that they were ‘agents’ sent to Iran to ‘take advantage’ of protests by teachers and other workers, without providing evidence. Earlier this month, scores of teachers took to the streets in more than dozen Iranian cities to demand fair wages, better conditions, and the release of colleagues detained ahead of the protests.” (05/12/22)