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Iranian state television broadcasts what it presents as “confessions” of two arrested Frenchmen – World Today News




The site of the Arabic-speaking channel al-Alam of the official Iranian television broadcast this Thursday what it presents as “confessions” of espionage by two French people arrested in May in Iran. In a video montage, a woman speaking French claims to be called Cécile Kohler and to be an operational intelligence officer at the DGSE, the French foreign intelligence service.

Iran announced on May 11 the arrest of two Europeans “who entered the country with the aim of triggering chaos and destabilizing society”. The French authorities had denounced on their side an arrest “without foundation” and asked for their “immediate release”.

Two “French trade unionists”

Tehran then accused in early July of “undermining the security” of the country two “French trade unionists” arrested in May. A French trade union source had identified them as Cécile Kohler, an official of the Fnec FP-FO teachers’ union, and her spouse Jacques Paris. She specified that they were sightseeing in Iran during the Easter holidays at the time of their arrest.

In the recording released on Thursday, the woman claims that she and her husband were in Iran “to prepare the conditions for the revolution and the overthrow of the Islamic Iranian regime”. They had to, still according to his declarations, finance strikes and demonstrations and even use weapons “to fight against the police”. According to the man shown in the video, who also speaks French, the objectives of the DGSE “were to put pressure on the government” of Iran.



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