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France condemns Iran sentencing of French academic, demands release

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France on Saturday condemned the sentencing of French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah in Iran and demanded her immediate release.

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“This sentencing is not based on any serious element or fact and is thus a political decision,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We are urging Iranian authorities to immediately release Mrs. Adelkhah.”

Iran has sentenced Adelkhah to six years in prison on national security charges, her lawyer said earlier on Saturday.

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