Envoy Sees French National In Iranian Prison
France's ambassador to Iran, Bernard Poletti, has
met with a French national who has been in detention at Tehran's Evin prison
since she was prevented from leaving the country in early July, RFE/RL's Radio
Clotilde Reiss is a 23-year-old French-language teaching
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told France Radio Info that Poletti
delivered clothes and a book to Clotilde Reiss and passed along a message from
Reiss, 23, was arrested at Tehran airport and reportedly accused of espionage
over photos on her mobile telephone from recent protests against the result of
Iran's June 12 election.
Reiss is a teacher of French language at Esfahan University who has been living
in Iran for five months.
French officials have repeatedly said the allegation is baseless.
Iranian authorities have also detained British Embassy staff, with one still in
custody despite protestations from London.
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