France summons Iran envoy over ‘intolerable’ detention of scholars

France's foreign ministry on Friday said it had summoned the Iranian ambassador over the "intolerable" detention of two French academics,…

France’s foreign ministry on Friday said it had summoned the Iranian ambassador over the “intolerable” detention of two French academics, expressing “grave concern” that one was now on hunger strike.

The envoy “was reminded of France’s demand that Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal are released without delay and that the Iranian authorities show total transparency over their situation,” it said in a statement.

“As the President (Emmanuel Macron) and Foreign Minister (Jean-Yves Le Drian) have said on several occasions, their imprisonment is intolerable,” it added.

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