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French-Iranian academic arrested in Iran

PARIS, France — A French-Iranian academic based at Paris’s prestigious Sciences Po university has been arrested in Iran and denied contact with consular staff, the French foreign ministry says.

“France calls on the Iranian authorities to shed full light on Mrs. (Fariba) Adelkhah’s situation and repeats its demands, particularly with regard to an immediate authorization for consular access,” it says in a statement.

Foreign-based Iranian media report Adelkhah, an anthropologist, was arrested on suspicion of espionage.

— AFP

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