The Iranian authorities release Frenchman Louis Arnaud, who has been imprisoned for more than twenty months

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PARIS (AP) — French national Louis Arnaud arrived in France Thursday after being released by Iran, where he was imprisoned for more than 20 months for allegedly taking part in nationwide protests.

Arnaud was greeted by his family at Paris-Le-Bourget airport in the presence of French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné.

French President Emmanuel Macron posted on the social media platform

Arnaud was arrested along with other Europeans in September 2022.

French media reported that Arnaud, a consultant in his 30s, was accused of taking part in nationwide protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amina young woman who died after being arrested for allegedly not wearing her headscarf or hijab as ordered by security forces.

Macron expressed his concerns about this three other French nationals who are still imprisoned in Iran, including Cécile Kohler and Jacques Paris, who were arrested in May 2022.

French authorities identified Kohler and Paris as a teacher’s union official and her partner on holiday in the country. Iranian authorities accused them of protesting alongside Iranian teachers and taking part in an anti-government rally.

The third Frenchman detained in Iran has been identified only by his first name, Olivier.

“I call on Iran to release them without delay,” Macron wrote on X.

“We are still working on their release,” Séjourné said Thursday. “Our diplomacy is still mobilized. … That will be the next win for tomorrow. But here we must be satisfied with a great diplomatic victory for France.”

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