January 2, 2018 / 2:05 PM / a year ago

France concerned by Iran arrests, does not confirm minister visit

PARIS (Reuters) - France is concerned by the number of victims and arrests in Iran, a foreign ministry spokesman said as the death toll from anti-government demonstrations rose, declining to confirm the French foreign minister would visit Tehran this week.

“The right to protest is a fundamental right,” the spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

Asked if Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian maintained a planned visit to Tehran, the spokesman said he had no information on this at this stage.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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