Iran – Situation of Cécile Kohler and Jacques Paris (May 7, 2024)


Two years ago today, Cécile Kohler and Jacques Paris were arbitrarily arrested by the Islamic Republic of Iran, as were another two French citizens, one of whom is Louis Arnaud, a year and a half ago. France condemns this policy of state hostage-taking and ongoing blackmail by the Iranian authorities.

France denounces the Islamic Republic’s despicable practice of forced and public confessions, as well as the inhumane and appalling conditions in which our compatriots are being held. We hold the Iranian authorities responsible for their fate and treatment. France reiterates its demand for their immediate and unconditional release.

Our thoughts also go out to all the other European hostages jailed in Iran who are innocent of the absurd charges leveled against them in show trials.

The French authorities remain fully mobilized to obtain the release of our four compatriots. We are also in constant contact with their families and loved ones, who have our support in this ordeal.