Frenchman's Freedom: Louis Arnaud Returned From Iran After 20-Month Imprisonment

French national Louis Arnaud returned to France after being imprisoned in Iran for over 20 months due to allegations of participating in nationwide protests. Welcomed by family and officials, his release was facilitated by diplomatic efforts. Concerns remain for other French nationals still detained in Iran.

PTI | Paris | Updated: 13-06-2024 14:56 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 14:56 IST
Frenchman's Freedom: Louis Arnaud Returned From Iran After 20-Month Imprisonment
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French national Louis Arnaud arrived back in France on Thursday after his release from an Iranian prison, where he had been held for more than 20 months on charges of participating in nationwide protests. Arnaud was greeted at Paris-Le-Bourget airport by his family and French Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Séjourné.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Arnaud's release on social media platform X, expressing gratitude to intermediary Oman and others who assisted in securing Arnaud's freedom. Arnaud, a consultant in his 30s, was among several Europeans arrested in September 2022 amid protests following the death of Mahsa Amin, a young woman detained for allegedly violating the country's dress code.

Macron also voiced concern for three other French nationals still imprisoned in Iran, urging their immediate release. Among them are teachers' union official Cécile Kohler and her partner Jacques Paris, as well as another individual known only as Olivier. French diplomacy continues striving for their freedom, with Séjourné calling Arnaud's release a significant diplomatic win.

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