The Iranian government has called on President Emmanuel Macron of France to put a stop to its violent treatment of peaceful protesters and warned its citizens to avoid crisis areas of the country.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Nasser Kanani, stated this in a tweet on Sunday, July 2, 2023.
Nasser told Iranians to “refrain from making unnecessary trips to France” and cautioned those already there to avoid “conflict areas,” warning of the “insecure and unpredictable situation.”
The French unrest has been reportedly triggered by the killing of a teenager, identified only as Nahel M., in the Paris suburb of Nanterre by a police officer’s gunshot on Tuesday.
Subsequent to the 2-week-long protest, the French government has deployed tens of thousands of its policemen to arrest rioters who have been allegedly using the regrettable incident to perpetuate evil.
The full statement reads:
The government has deployed tens of thousands of security forces and made hundreds of arrests as rioters have ransacked shops and torched buildings and vehicles in multiple cities,” the statement reads.
Kanani added, “The French government is expected to put an end to the violent treatment of its people by respecting principles based on human dignity, freedom of speech and the right of citizens to peaceful protests.”
The unrest in France has made headlines in newspapers in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was hit last year by nationwide protests and launched a major crackdown on what authorities labeled “riots.”
Iran’s wave of unrest was sparked by the death in custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini after her arrest for breaching the country’s strict dress code for women.
Last month, Iranian senior intelligence officer Mohammad Kazemi claimed that some 20 countries, including the United States and France, were involved in fomenting the unrest.
Kanani in October slammed France’s support for Iran’s protests and its condemnation of Iranian security forces’ actions against them as “clear hypocrisy” and “interference in the affairs of other countries.”