France recalls ambassador to Iran

Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — France’s Foreign Ministry says the
country is recalling its ambassador to Iran for consultations after an attack on
the British Embassy in
Tehran.

The ministry says in a statement that France
was moved to act “in the face of this flagrant and unacceptable violation of the
Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations and the gravity of the violence.”

A ministry spokesman said earlier Wednesday
that France had summoned Iran’s ambassador to Paris to express French concerns
over the attack.

The French government’s spokeswoman said
earlier that President Nicolas Sarkozy had told ministers that the international
community “must heavily sanction Iran” for the attack — such as

through a possible embargo on oil exports or the freeze of Iranian central bank
holdings.

 

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