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France Says Diplomats Attacked In Iran

Source: RFE/RL

France has accused Iranian security services of committing "unacceptable acts of violence" on French diplomatic personnel in Tehran.

Iranian riot policemen stand guard outside the French Embassy in Tehran as hundreds of demonstrators protested outside in June.

The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement today that the entry to the French Embassy residence in Tehran was blocked by unidentified officials on November 14.

French officials said plainclothes security officers struck at least two French diplomats and arrested guests arriving at the residence of Ambassador Bernard Poletti for a concert of Persian music.

The statement said that French authorities this morning summoned the Iranian ambassador in Paris "to express their strongest condemnation."

There have been no comments from Tehran on the incident.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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