Carried out on the orders of Donald Trump, the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian military commander, is one step further towards the abyss of war. Though the future is never written in advance, how can one avoid the thought that the America government has put the world in peril by behaving as a rogue state, trampling on international law, asks Mediapart's publishing editor Edwy Plenel. France, he argues, would do itself great honour by saying so loudly and clearly.
Iran's ambassador to France was on Thursday summoned to a meeting at the French foreign ministry when he was told that Paris is demanding the release of two French academic researchers held on spying accusations in a notorious Tehran prison, where one of them is on hunger strike.
A senior researcher at Science-Po university in Paris and his Franco-Iranian colleague have been in prison in Iran since June.
Iran's supreme leader said the French president was either naive or 'complicit with America'.
France has demanded the release Roland Marchal, a senior researcher from Paris political sciences school Science-Po and his Franco-Iranian colleague Fariba Adelkhah, who, it was revealed, have been detained in Iran since June.
French president tells reporters en route to New York: 'We need to be clear-eyed.'
In 2018 President Emmanuel Macron experienced a catastrophic period in domestic politics after the summer break. In 2019 the French head of state has tried to hit the ground running by placing himself firmly at the centre of the international stage. His hosting of the G7 summit in Biarritz in south-west France was greeted with unanimous approval by the French press which hailed it a success. Yet as Mediapart's Ellen Salvi reports, nothing in the substance of the issues tackled at the international gathering has changed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that talks between Iran and France were "parallel" but not officially part of the G7 Summit.
Comment from French foreign minister came after President Trump accused President Macron of sending 'mixed signals' to Tehran.
Fariba Adelkhah, a researcher in anthropology and social sciences at Paris-based Sciences Po institute, is thought to have been arrested in June.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a French parliament foreign affairs committee that, as long as Tehran respects the 2015 deal restricting its nuclear technology programme from military use, Paris will agree to resuming an exchange of ambassadors after a diplomatic freeze caused last year over an alleged Iranian plan to attack opponents of the ruling regime in France.
French oil and gas giant Total has been handed a 500,000-euro fine after it was found guilty of bribing officials in Iran to gain access to a gas field in the country in a deal dating back to 1997.
Paris freezes assets of suspected Iranian intelligence operatives as Tehran denies involvement in plan against exiled opposition group.
Under threat of US sanctions Total has officially halted its multi-billion-dollar investments into a gas production project in Iran, while carmakers PSA, Renault and Daimler are also among those to suspend or drop plans to invest in the country, along with Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom.