Emmanuel Macron publicizes the discharge of Louis Arnaud, detained in Iran since 2022 | EUROtoday

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Emmanuel Macron introduced Wednesday night that Frenchman Louis Arnaud, detained in Iran since September 2022, had been launched and would return to his nation on Thursday. The president known as on Tehran to launch the three different French individuals nonetheless detained in Iranian jails.

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Frenchman Louis Arnaud, who had been detained in Iran since September 2022, was launched, Emmanuel Macron introduced Wednesday night June 12, urging Tehran to launch “without delay” the three different French individuals nonetheless detained on this nation.

“Our joy is immense but it will only be complete upon the return of Cécile, Jacques and Olivier,” Sylvie Arnaud informed AFP, referring to the three different French nationals nonetheless imprisoned in Iran.

“Louis Arnaud is free. He will be in France tomorrow, after too long an incarceration in Iran,” introduced the president in a message posted on X. “I thank our Omani friends and all those who worked for this happy outcome. This evening, I am also thinking of Cécile, Jacques and Olivier. I call on Iran to release them without delay,” he added.


“Louis Arnaud left Evin prison on Wednesday at dawn. He saw a doctor who found that he could take the plane,” a diplomatic supply informed AFP. “He is currently in the Sultanate of Oman,” added this supply. “It’s a happy outcome for our compatriot,” she continued.

The thirty-year-old, advisor, started a world tour in July 2022 which took him to Iran, “a country that he had dreamed of visiting for a long time for the richness of its history and the welcome of its inhabitants”, her mom Sylvie Arnaud informed us a couple of months in the past.

He was arrested in September 2022 with different Europeans accused of taking part in protests after the loss of life of Mahsa Amini, a younger Iranian Kurd who died after her arrest by the morality police. His touring companions had been rapidly launched, however Louis Arnaud remained in jail earlier than being sentenced final November to 5 years in jail for “propaganda” and “endangering the security of the Iranian state”.

His conviction was deemed “unacceptable” by Paris, which had by no means stopped demanding his launch in addition to these of different French individuals. “The accusations made against him, namely propaganda and undermining the security of the Iranian state, are completely unfounded,” his mom reacted on the time.

The three different French individuals nonetheless detained in Iranian jails are the couple Cécile Kohler and Jacques Paris, arrested in May 2022 in addition to a Frenchman named Olivier whose identify has not been made public. “We will obviously continue our efforts for the three French people who remain incarcerated in Iran,” indicated the diplomatic supply.

“State hostages”

The launch of Louis Arnaud is “the result of the work that the French authorities have carried out for several months with the Iranian authorities, including the contacts of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné with his counterpart before his death”. Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi and his Minister of Foreign Affairs died on May 19 in a helicopter crash.

Last May, Paris denounced in a press launch “the odious practice of the Islamic Republic of forced and public confessions, as well as the inhumane and undignified conditions of detention inflicted on our compatriots”. The Quai d'Orsay, which describes these prisoners as state hostages, had requested their quick and unconditional launch.

Two different French individuals, Benjamin Brière and Bernard Phelan, who additionally has Irish nationality, had been launched somewhat over a 12 months in the past, in May 2023, for “humanitarian reasons”. They had been then very weakened and diminished by a starvation strike.

The Islamic Republic of Iran detains round ten Western nationals and is accused by their supporters and NGOs of utilizing them as a bargaining chip in state-to-state negotiations.

This launch got here as France and its Western companions determined to toughen their tone in opposition to Tehran, which can also be accused of destabilizing the Middle East. France and the United States “are determined to exert the necessary pressure” on Iran, which is main “an all-out escalation strategy,” Emmanuel Macron declared on Saturday alongside his American counterpart Joe Biden.

With AFP


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