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France expresses ‘deep concern’ over deaths of protesters in Iran

France on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over reports of the deaths of numerous demonstrators during days of protests in Iran sparked by a sudden petrol price hike.

“France expresses its deep concern over information indicating the deaths of numerous protesters in the last days,” the foreign ministry says in a statement.

Iranian protesters gather around a burning car during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP)

Iranian officials have confirmed five deaths, including of three security personnel, but Amnesty International said yesterday that more than 100 demonstrators were believed to have been killed.

— AFP

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