France on Thursday condemned the arrest of two French nationals in Iran and called for their immediate release.
In a statement, France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs said, “The government condemns this baseless arrest. We call for the immediate release of these two French nationals.”
The French ambassador in Tehran discussed the matter with the authorities there to gain consular access to citizens, the French ministry added.
The charge d’affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Paris were also summoned to the ministry by the director general of political and security affairs.
Calls for their release came a day after the men were arrested in Tehran on charges of “attempting to destabilize the country.”
Iranian state television quoted officials as saying the two detainees were accused of “organizing chaos and social unrest aimed at destabilizing Iran.”
The arrests may be linked to a report by French media France24 early Thursday about the French teachers’ union FNEC FP-FO.
Christophe Lalande, the union’s federal secretary, said that one of its member teachers had gone missing while on vacation in Iran with his partner. They were supposed to return to France earlier this week.