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a representative of Force Ouvrière among the two hostages?


“The French government condemns this baseless arrest. He calls for the immediate release of these two French nationals. » It is with these few words that the Quai d’Orsay asked the Republic of Iran to release – without revealing their identity – the two Frenchmen who had visited the country in recent days. However, some believe that one of the two people arrested could be Cécile Kohler, the international representative of Force Ouvrière (FO). Christophe Lalande, federal secretary of the French education union FNEC FP-FO, told Reuters on Thursday that he suspected one of his staff and her husband, who went missing on vacation in Iran, of having been arrested. “Although there is no absolute certainty”there is a “strong presumption that it is her “, conceded the trade unionist about his colleague. “Cécile Kohler was indeed due to return to France earlier this week “, he specified before adding “We haven’t heard from our friend. » French authorities have not confirmed the name, but according to Reuters, a diplomatic source said it was the right person.

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Money change

For their part, the Iranian media also reported on the event. The two people arrested were charged with having “organized chaos and social disorder aimed at destabilizing (Iran) in collaboration with foreign intelligence services” Iranian state television said on Wednesday, citing Iran’s intelligence ministry.

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Coincidentally or not, the two arrests took place during a visit to Tehran by the coordinator of the European Union’s Iran nuclear talks, Enrique Mora, who according to Iranian media spoke with his Iranian counterpart Ali Bagheri Kani. As a reminder, two other French nationals are detained in Iran for national security reasons. Arrests that their lawyers attribute to political motives – charges that Iran consistently rejects.

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In January, an Iranian court sentenced Frenchman Benjamin Brière to eight years in prison for espionage. His Paris-based lawyer then described the trial as a politically motivated sham and his client as a ” money change “. That same month, Iran reincarcerated Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, sentenced to five years in prison in 2020 but recently placed under house arrest.

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