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Iran releases jailed-French citizen

Iran releases jailed-French citizen
posted onJune 13, 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron says Iran has released a French citizen who was detained on national security charges almost two years ago.

"Louis Arnaud is free. He will be in France tomorrow after a long incarceration in Iran," Macron posted on X.

Arnaud, a banking consultant in his 30s, was arrested in September 2022. He was accused of participating in anti-government protests and of contributing to anti-government propaganda, later sentenced to five years in jail in 2023.

The president thanked Oman for helping to secure his freedom and urged Iran to release three other French prisoners. 

Arnaud’s arrest took place as protests started to sweep across Iran in 2022, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini in custody.