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Macron calls for end to intolerable detention of French academics in Iran

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for the immediate release of two French nationals held in Iran, a festering issue that has complicated French efforts to defuse tension between Washington and Tehran.

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"On Human Rights Day, my thoughts go to Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, our compatriots held in Iran, and their families," Macron said on Twitter.

"Their imprisonment is intolerable. They must be freed without delay. I told President Rouhani, I repeat it here," he wrote.

En cette Journée internationale des droits de lHomme, je pense à Fariba Adelkhah et Roland Marchal, nos compatriotes détenus en Iran, et à leurs familles. Leur emprisonnement est intolérable. Ils doivent être libérés sans délai. Je lai dit au Président Rohani, je le répète ici.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 10, 2019

French officials reported the arrest of Marchal, a senior researcher at Science-Po university in Paris, in mid-October, while his Franco-Iranian colleague Adelkhah has been in prison in Iran since June.

Iranian-born Adelkhah is a specialist on Shia Islam who has written extensively on Iran andRead More – Source