The French Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday, February 24, the arrest of a Frenchman in Iran, detained in May 2020 and detained since without explanation. “He enjoys consular protection (…), consular visits have been made to him and our embassy in Tehran maintains regular contact with him,” according to the ministry.
The executive thus confirms the information revealed by Point, a new issue of tension in the offing between Paris and Tehran. According to the French weekly, this national “was in the Islamic Republic for travel the country in a van“He was detained by the Iranian security forces in a desert area on the border between Iran and Turkmenistan.”
An investigator with dual French and Iranian nationality, Fariba Adelkhah, has also been detained in Iran since June 2019.