Second French academic held in Iran since June, colleagues confirm


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A second French academic has been detained in Iran since June, members of his research group confirmed on Wednesday in a case that threatens to further complicate France's efforts to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran.


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Confirming a report by French newspaper Le Figaro, the FASOPO research group said prominent French academic Roland Marchal has been in detention in Iran since June, when he was arrested alongside his Franco-Iranian colleague, anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah.

Marchal and Abdelkhah both work at Sciences Po university in Paris and are members of the research group, which said it had remained quiet about Marchal's detention at the request of French authorities.

French foreign ministry officials could not immediately be reached for comment, REUTERS said.

Tehran accuses Paris of meddling

On October 4, Iran said France's call for the release of 60-year-old anthropologist Adelkhah was an interference in its internal affairs and would not help resolve the issue. Adelkhah was arrested at a time when France and other European powers were caught up in an international standoff over Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States abandoned last year.

President Emmanuel Macron has been trying to mediate between Iran and the US amid growing tension between the long-time foes in recent months.

Citing a person close to Marchal, Le Figaro said he had been seen by French diplomats and transferred to a standard prison.

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